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  • Blog Post: OBA Sample Application Kit for SAP & Siebel Released to Web

    Over the past few months, we’ve received some very positive feedback on the OBA Sample Application Kits that we’ve released. Well, today we release to web the latest in the family of kits, the OBA Sample Application Kit for SAP & Siebel . Included in this kit are: Overview whitepaper Source code...
  • Blog Post: Another Office Customization with Beta 1 – Excel Add-in with Custom Task Pane

    I recently downloaded the Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 and have been playing around with the different features for Office Business Application development. For the public Beta 1, you’ll be limited to the 2007-centric templates (e.g. Excel 2007 Add-in, Word 2007 Document, etc.), but the nice thing is that...
  • Blog Post: Web Services and SharePoint: How do I do it?

    When building an OBA, you’re often going to want to either integrate with the native Web services for SharePoint (when I say SharePoint, in this instance I’m referring to both the WSS and the MOSS services) or you’ll want to create your own custom services. The question often comes up is how? In this...
  • Blog Post: Learn how to integrate PeopleSoft, Outlook and MOSS

    Office Business Application (OBA) development is growing in importance thus continues to be an integral part of the Office platform developer story. To that end, we recently completed a new resource that could be used for OBA training specific to PeopleSoft and Office integration. This HOL uses the OBA...
  • Blog Post: Create Your First OBA: Part 5

    Hey gang, It's been a while since I've posted, but I've been on the road. I attended TechEd 2008 (USA), our internal field conference TechReady 7, and then travelled to South Africa to TechEd 2008 (S. Africa). Now, I'm back in Seattle--albeit a little jet-lagged. Over the past few weeks, I've continued...
  • Blog Post: Interesting OBA Blog on DITA...

    A colleague sent this to me today...thought it was interesting, so I thought I'd pass along to you all. http://blogs.msdn.com/johnmullinax/archive/2008/06/17/democratizing-dita-dita-exchange-and-danish-beer-20-questions-with-steffen-frederiksen-of-content-technologies.aspx Steve
  • Blog Post: Create Your First OBA: Part 3

    Hey gang, If you've been following along with the Create Your First OBA series, I've published the first two of the six parts - see below. 1. Creating the VSTO document-level solution (i.e. the custom document) ; 2. Deploying the VSTO document-level solution ; 3. Integrating the VSTO with SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: The OBA Sample Application Kits

    Just a quick post to check out the OBA Sample Application for Kits MSDN page. The kits provide comprehensive guidance on how to integrate Office with SAP and PeopleSoft (and we'll have others in the future). The kits include whitepaper, install guide, technical walkthrough doc, and source code. We announced...
  • Blog Post: Conference Follow-Up Post

    Over the past few weeks, I've attended and presented at a number of conferences (specifically VSLive, MS CSAF, Collaborate, and DevConnections) and had some great conversations with attendees who were seeking more information or had questions in the sessions on additional OBA resources. During some of...
  • Blog Post: Create Your First OBA: Part 1

    Last week I attended VSLive and promised to post some of the sample code (I emphasize demo code J ) I discussed at the conference. Specifically, in the couple of sessions that I did I discussed SharePoint integration with Word (showing a lightweight OBA) and the creation of Outlook add-ins using Visual...
  • Blog Post: Your Second Outlook Add-in

    In my previous post, I showed you how to create a custom task pane that hosted a user control data bound to an external data source. The control enabled you to browse data and then create a sales contact with the currently selected record. Vaguely interesting, yes, but more to the point we successfully...
  • Blog Post: Integrate Office with SAP...

    You may have heard of Duet, an out of the box OBA that supports a number of different scenarios for the enterprise ( http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/duet/FX101686211033.aspx?ofcresset=1 ). Duet is a great solution and covers a wide variety of scenarios. If you're looking to hook the Office system into...
  • Blog Post: Your First Outlook Add-in...

    I just finished a private technical briefing and during the session showed a few demos. Many of the attendees asked me to share the code, so I thought I'd post to my blog to get my butt in gear and actually post some useful stuff and get the code up here so the attendees could read up on it. When...
  • Blog Post: The ramblings continue...starting out on OBA

    It's been a while since I've blogged last, and things have been very busy. Over the past three months, I've been to a number of conferences including the most recent Office Developer Conference and SharePoint Conference. It was great to see more OBA-centric content at these events. Coming up, I'll also...
  • Blog Post: The ramblings begin...

    Well it's December 13th, and I have not really started my Holiday shopping yet...how sad is that. But alas, I'm sure you're not tuning into this blog to hear about the lameness of my shopping habits, but you're probably looking for a little info on this mysterious thing called OBA. And if you have, then...
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