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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: SharePoint Connections Deck

    I'm just wrapping up my week here in Las Vegas for SharePoint Connections, and one of the requests I had was to post my decks for those who attended my sessions. I've posted my decks to a public skydrive folder here: http://cid-40a717fc7fcd7e40.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/SharePointConnections/Final...
  • Blog Post: End-to-End Sales Forecast OBA Released To Web!

    It's been a while, but I wanted to let all you OBA developers out there know of something cool that we recently released, which is the End-to-End (E2E) Sales Forecast OBA. As you know from reading this blog, you know that OBA is an Office Business Application and involves mutltiple technologies within...
  • Blog Post: Create Your First OBA: Part 4

    Wow, it's been a while since I blogged on this...time flies. If you've been following along with my previous posts, you'll have seen some of the other Create Your First OBA posts. Here they are if you haven’t seen them: 1. Creating the VSTO document-level solution (i.e. the custom document) ; 2. Deploying...
  • 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: SharePoint Development Conference (FireStarter) at Microsoft on June 11th

    OBA is a broad area and we're seeing an increase in the number of developers who are building SharePoint solutions--both internally to an enterprise and externally on the web. Microsoft is hosting a 1-day event for those of you interested in learning more about SharePoint development. More information...
  • 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: 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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