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  • Blog Post: The Phases of the ClickOnce Trust Prompt (Mary Lee)

    Signing your Office solutions with a certificate is a mandatory step, but there are several optional steps that can change the way the certificate is presented to the end user or customer. This example uses a Visual Studio generated test certificate, but the dialog box is similar to what you would see...
  • Blog Post: Installing Office 2007/VSTO 3.0 Solutions on Computers with Office 2010 (Mary Lee)

    You have probably been reading and hearing about Microsoft Office 2010 for some months. Now, you may be wondering how much work is necessary to install your existing Office 2007/VSTO 3.0 solutions on customer computers that have Office 2010. Perhaps you’re thinking about migrating the Windows Installer...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Microsoft Office Solutions by Using Visual Studio 2010 and Windows Installer (Mary Lee, Saurabh Bhatia)

    In Visual Studio 2010, you can use the ClickOnce and Windows Installer deployment technologies to deploy Office solutions that target both Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Office 2010. The main advantage of using Windows Installer to deploy your Office solutions is to install application-level add...
  • Blog Post: When Do I Need to Deploy the VSTO Runtime? (Mary Lee)

    Aaron wrote a great article about the VSTO runtime components earlier, which explained the Office extensions for .NET Framework 3.5 and Office extensions for .NET Framework 4. He also explained that starting in Microsoft Office 2010, the Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office runtime is included and does...
  • Blog Post: Deploying the *.Utilities assemblies by using Windows Installer (Mary Lee)

    Office solutions for .NET Framework 4 have dependencies on files that are distributed in the Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office runtime, but there are also files outside of the runtime that are required for Office solutions to run on end-user computers. These files are the following: Microsoft.Office...
  • Blog Post: Changes in the Security Model for Office Solutions (Mary Lee)

    You can use two methods to trust an Office solution created in Visual Studio and not show a trust prompt to the end-user. Sign your Office solution with certificate that chains to a trusted root authority and is in the Trusted Publisher list. Sign your Office solution with a certificate and...
  • Blog Post: Can I deploy my <Insert App Name Here> and all of its prerequisites in one file? (Mary Lee)

    One frequent customer question is about how to deploy an application and all of its prerequisites in a single .msi or .exe file. This question applies whether you are deploying any of the following: Microsoft Office 2003 solutions with dependencies on .NET Framework 2.0, Visual Studio Tools for Office...
  • Blog Post: Demonstrating how to sync Facebook events to Outlook

    Every once in a while, we learn of neat apps that have been created with the Office development tools in Visual Studio. In an Outlook 2007 add-in, Jake Ginnivan combined WPF and the Facebook API to respond to Facebook events from a Ribbon. In addition, this add-in works in Outlook 2010 and has been deployed...
  • Blog Post: Quick Videos of Visual Studio 2010 Features (Beth Massi, Mary Lee)

    If you’ve missed them, Kathleen has been interviewing writers on various documentation teams on some of the new features going into Visual Studio 2010. Our own Mary Lee now has a couple video interviews posted on new VSTO features that you should check out: Video: Deploying Multiple Office Solutions...
  • Blog Post: Video Interview: Mary Lee on Deploying Multiple Office Solutions (Kathleen McGrath)

    Mary Lee recently posted a blog entry that describes Deploying Multiple Office Solutions in a Single Installer , complete with graphics to help you visualize the process. I recently interviewed Mary to learn more about this topic, and to have her give a demonstration of some of the tasks described in...
  • Blog Post: Learning about Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 (Mary Lee)

    To learn more about Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4, Kathleen McGrath is highlighting new documentation about these products with a weekly blog post and a daily tweet.  If you want to learn more about the new features and scenarios, check out her blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/kathleen and...
  • Blog Post: Copying a Document to the End User Computer after a ClickOnce Installation (Mary Lee)

    Starting in Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1, you can perform additional tasks after an Office solution is installed known as a post-deployment action. For example, you can copy a customized Office document and create registry keys on the end user computer. You can compare these to Windows Installer custom...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Multiple Office Solutions In a Single Installer (Mary Lee)

    Starting in Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1, you can deploy multiple Office solutions in a single ClickOnce installer. For example, you can develop two Office solutions (one for Outlook and another for Excel) and combine these into a single installer with a single entry in the Add/Remove Programs list in Windows...
  • Blog Post: Showcasing the VSTO Power Tools… (Mary Lee)

    The latest .NET Rocks! TV video includes an interview with Beth Massi where she shows how to use the VSTO Power Tools! Also, she introduces some other minor features that you may have heard of: Open XML SDK and LINQ. Check out Beth’s summary of the video and her demo at her blog: dnrTV: Showing off...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Office Solutions with Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and Windows Installer (Mary Lee)

    In Deploying Office Solutions with a Setup Project (Mary Lee) , you read about how to deploy Visual Studio Tools for Office solutions with Windows Installer (.msi) in Visual Studio 2008.  With Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1, the steps are the same: add the project output to the Setup project...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Documents to a SharePoint Document Library (Mary Lee)

    When you are done developing your customized Microsoft Excel 2007 or Microsoft Word 2007 document-level project in Visual Studio 2008, you may want to publish it to a SharePoint document library for others to use from the SharePoint site, or they can copy the file from the site to their desktop to use...
  • Blog Post: Video How Do I: Add Controls at Run Time in an Application-Level Project (Mary Lee)

    In Walkthrough: Adding Controls to a Worksheet at Run Time in an Application-Level Project , you can see  to add host controls at run time in an application-level add-in by using Visual Studio 2008 SP1.  This video is posted to the How Do I Videos - Visual Basic page, part of the Visual Basic...
  • Blog Post: Best Practices for Deployment with Visual Studio 2008 SP1 (Mary Lee, Rachel Schaw)

    After you develop Office solutions with Visual Studio Tools for Office, you can use Visual Studio 2008 SP1 to simplify your deployment experience. First, you can take advantage of the smaller .NET Framework Client Profile to decrease download time. Next, the Office 2007 primary interop assemblies (PIAs...
  • Blog Post: New "How Do I" Video on Creating Smart Tags in Word (Beth Massi)

    Our very own Mary Lee has got a new video up on the Dev Center on programming smart tags in with custom recognizers in Word using Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 . This is a video version of the How To topic in the MSDN library . Watch or download the video here. Thanks Mary! Enjoy, - Beth...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Office 2003 Solutions with Windows Installer (Mary Lee)

    You may want to develop Microsoft Office 2003 solutions with Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) in Visual Studio 2008 SP1 for several reasons. Your customers are using Microsoft Office 2003. Your customers are using both Microsoft Office 2003 and the 2007 Microsoft Office system. Your customers are...
  • Blog Post: How to Include .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 with Your Installer (Mary Lee)

    Recently in the Visual Studio Tools for Office forum , a Visual Studio 2008 SP1 developer asked how to include the .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 in the same directory as the application.  For example, you can select Download prerequisites from the same location as my application in the Prerequisites...
  • Blog Post: How Do I: Deploy Document-Level Office 2007 Solutions with Windows Installer? (Mary Lee)

    In Deploying an Office solution using Windows Installer , you read how to deploy document-level Office 2007 solutions with Windows Installer.  As a follow up, you can now see how to add a Setup project to your VSTO solution and add a custom action to update custom document properties. This example...
  • Blog Post: How Do I: Deploy Application-Level Office 2007 Solutions with Windows Installer? (Mary Lee)

    In Deploying an Office solution using Windows Installer , you read how to deploy application-level Office 2007 solutions with Windows Installer.  As a follow up, you can now see how to add a Setup project to your VSTO solution and create registry keys. This example uses Excel 2007, but you can apply...
  • Blog Post: What's New in VS 2008 SP1 and how the VSTO team decided what to include in a Service Pack (Christin Boyd, Mary Lee)

    Updated August, 2008 I'd like to give you some insight into how we decide what goes into a Service Pack for Microsoft Visual Studio. I'm speaking specifically about how the VSTO team built SP1; most other groups within Visual Studio use the same process. We take a few different approaches including:...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Developer Show Episode 5 (Harry Miller)

    In this episode: a tip about setting the background color of a custom task pane to match the Office theme, and about calling functions in add-ins from other add-ins. Plus, Mary creates an Outlook add-in that helps her remember attachments. Duration: 5 minutes, 4 seconds Related resources for more information...
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