While I was on vacation, the Office System Developer Conference happened in Redmond. From the news pieces I've seen, it sounds like the conference went very well. Here are some of the links I found:
A few of these pieces say "800 attendees", but I've heard it was closer to 1200. Apparently, there was a lot of walk-up registration -- 800 was the number of pre-registered attendees.
Given VBA's long history with Office, one might expect VB .NET to be the primary language among .NET developers using Office as a platform. But I've seen a lot of anecdotal evidence that C# usage of Visual Studio Tools for Office (aka VSTO) is high. I'll try to get some solid data on this and share it here.
I cut my teeth at Microsoft on Office as a platform (VBA 1.0 in Excel 5.0, then VBA 95 in additional apps like Word, Powerpoint, Project and apps from third parties). It's good to see that this work is continuing and that we have a vibrant community of developers using Office as a platform. There are several interesting differences with this generation of solutions for Office. Just off the top of my head:
If my blog has found it's way to some C#/Office developers, I'd love to hear from you in feedback. How are you integrating Office into your solutions? What could we do to make your work easier?
Happy C# coding, whether with Office or without!