It's good to be home. But we had a great time in Europe and learned a ton. The best thing I learned is that ISVs are using VSTO and using it well. Hopefully they learned from us as well. I have nothing but good things to say about the Frontline program, it was a rousing success.
I was happy to see that VB .NET is being used in several companies. VB suffered a bit of a downturn recently, but it survives and is being used extensively in Office customization. C# is being used extensively as well, of course. One customer asked if they could use ML to customize Office. The short answer is yes -- but you'd have to know what you are doing. If anyone is seriously interested, it could be a future blog post. But the easiest way to do this, of course, would be to write a simple addin in C# of VB and have that load your ML assembly that does all of the work -- that is one of the beauties of .NET, the Common Language Runtime.
Anyway, I'm going to sit right down and write myself a little Custom Form Region Cypress sample while I wait for my machines to upgrade to Vista.