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ISVs have been building solutions to integrate back-end business data into the standard Office applications. The next version of Visual Studio offers some dramatic improvements which will ease the development, deployment, and management experience for solutions which complement Office System.
S. Somasegar, Senior Vice President of Developer Division, has announced that it'll be easier than ever to develop, deploy, and manage your solutions which complement the Office suite in his blog posting Office client developer enhancements with VS 2010.
This includes an improved installation experience. The redistribution requirements are significantly reduced. You'll be able to publish documents to SharePoint servers. And you'll be able to deploy multiple solutions in a single deployment package, so your users can install both Word and Excel add-ins at the same time.
For more information about how to integrate your application with Office System, see Office Developer Center. If you're new to development for Office, see Getting Started with Office Development.