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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 released

    Earlier today, Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 was released.  This update offers a number of small but useful enhancements for VSTO developers:   #1:  Support for .NET 4.5.2 and beyond, and the de-coupling of Office versions from .NET versions. We heard a lot of feedback on this on MSDN forums...
  • Blog Post: VSTO Runtime Update to Address Slow Shutdown on .NET Framework 4.5.2

    In a VSTO Runtime release earlier this year , we addressed an issue of slow application shutdown for add-ins using WPF controls on touch-enabled devices. With the release of .NET Framework 4.5.2 two months ago, and the increased usage of our latest runtime “in the wild”, we received customer feedback...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Resources Available for VSTO Developers Wishing to Customize the User Interface

    [Guest Post by Marty Andren, Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft] As a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer / Office Developer, a question I’m often asked when helping customers develop VSTO solutions is how to customize the user interface when building out their application. This question is not as simple...
  • Blog Post: VSTO Runtime Update to Address Slow Shutdown and “Unknown Publisher” for SHA256 Certificates

    We are pleased to announce a new version of the VSTO Runtime (10.0.50325) that addresses two important issues reported to us by customers. For VSTO add-ins using WPF controls, customers using touch-enabled devices experienced a 15-20 second lag when closing Office applications. This issue was first reported...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Visual Studio 2013 RTM

    We are pleased to announce the release of Visual Studio 2013!  This latest release offers many great features for developers, such as innovative IDE features like Peek and CodeLens, expanded ALM capacities with Git support, enhancements for ASP.NET web development, and much more . For VSTO developers...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Visual Studio 2013 Preview and .NET 4.5.1 support

    For those who've been following the announcements at BUILD these past two days, Visual Studio 2013 Preview has now been officially released . For Office developers, the VS 2013 Preview release means that the Office 2013 design-time support and the .NET 4.5 support that previously required a separate...
  • Blog Post: Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012: Now Available with Office 2013 and .NET Framework 4.5 support

    I'm pleased to announce that the official Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 is now available to download ! For VSTO developers, this release brings .NET 4.5 support and design-time support for Office 2013, along with general design-time enhancements and bug fixes to the VSTO Runtime (released...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Bootstrapper package for an Office 2013 VSTO Add-in with Visual Studio 2012

    UPDATE from July 2014:  INSTRUCTIONS FOR UPDATING AN EXISTING BOOTSTRAPPER: On the build machine (which might be the same as your development machine), open the “product.xml” file under C:\ Program Files (x86) \Microsoft SDKs\Windows\ v8.1A \Bootstrapper\Packages\VSTOR40 For “Program Files (x86...
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