Head in the Clouds

As a software architect, my head is often in the clouds, dreaming of the future. And the future is increasingly in the cloud...

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  • Blog Post: Outlook 2007 Form Region Sample – Second Edition

    Office 2007 is official today, so it is time to update my Form Region Sample. The big difference is new methods on the _FormRegionStartup interface. With input from us here in VSTO, Outlook changed the interface to make it easier to use from VSTO addins and more friendly to managed dlls. The two new...
  • Blog Post: Outlook 2007 Form Region Sample

    I've finally finished my Form Region Sample for Outlook 2007 that was promised. I've been working on it in earnest for a couple weeks now in my spare time. I am now resisting the urge to continue tweaking it: it is time to lockdown and ship. The urge to tweak is there because this is something I'm actually...
  • Blog Post: Back in Redmond

    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...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows Presentation Foundation in VSTO -- with "Cross-bow"

    I've been working on this on and off since TechEd. I had a customer ask if it was possible to use WPF (formerly Avalon) in a VSTO Custom Task Pane. It is possible, and we're dealing with CTP (Community Technical Preview) releases on top of beta releases, so considering that, it works fairly well. I told...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 06: VSTO 'v3' talk this afternoon

    Mike Hernandez and I are speaking today (3:15 in room 153) about VSTO 'v3' and what we are doing with Office 2007. We'll be showing several demos of the new programmability features enabled by the next version of VSTO in Office 2007. VSTO 'v3' will release with VS 'Orcas,' and our talk will focus on...
  • Blog Post: VSTO 'v3' June CTP can run VSTO 2005 customizations

    One of the biggest complaints we had on the February CTP of VSTO v3 was that you couldn't run your VSTO 2005 customizations in Office 2007. I'm happy to say we fixed that problem in the latest CTP for June. What this means is that when you get the VSTO v3 June CTP your old customizations will continue...
  • Blog Post: VSTO 'v3' June CTP and WinFX Beta 2

    So many of you have noticed that we got a little surprised by WinFX Beta2. The June Customer Technical Preview (CTP) of VSTO 'v3' requires February CTP of the WinFX Runtime Components along with Beta 2 of Office 2007. Well those Windows guys went and got their Beta 2 out at the same time. So it stands...
  • Blog Post: TechEd is Coming

    TechEd in Boston is only a couple weeks away now. Unfortunately, if you haven't already registered, it looks like it is too late -- already sold out. But for those of you who are going, I will be there with some collegues on the VSTO\VSTA team. I will be speaking about the next version of VSTO, coming...
  • Blog Post: Categories

    Those of you who have been following my blog will note that I have retroactively added some categories. I hadn't bothered with categories in the past because almost all of my posts have been about MAF. Well, now that MAF is a real thing, we (meaning my team here at MS) are actively building two products...
  • Blog Post: Jobs on the VSTO and VSTA Teams at Microsoft

    We are hiring! Would you like to help realize the vision of Office as a development platform? Do you want your work integrated into every one of the hundreds of millions of desktops that have Office installed? Are you looking for a role where you can influence the product strategy and make a significant...
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