Many of you may have heard about Office Business Applications, or OBAs. If not, OBAs are essentially composite applications that you can build using the Microsoft Office 2007 system. Part of the goal of OBAs is to also integrate with LOB systems, such as SAP, PeopleSoft and Dynamics to extend the power of the Office suite to enterprise systems. To learn more about OBAs and to find additional resources, take a look at this site:

As part of an effort to help developers extend office programmatically, we recently released an OBA/VSTO Starter Kit v.1.0 that shows developers how you can build an OBA that integrates SAP with Office 2007 using VSTO. The kit provides an overview whitepaper, installation documentation and source code to help you, the developer, understand how you can build composite applications using VSTO. These key deliverables are posted here:

1.       OBA/VSTO Starter Kit v. 1.0 Whitepaper:

2.       OBA/VSTO Starter Kit v. 1.0 Installation Document:  

3.       OBA/VSTO Starter Kit v. 1.0 Source Code:


I hope you find this kit useful.


Steve Fox

Program Manager