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  • Blog Post: Open XML SDK 2.0 Released

    On February 21, 2008, I posted on Microsoft Interoperability Principles , which are designed to make our products more open and more available to the broader software community. Since that day, Microsoft has made several strides in this area, too many to recount here and now, but largely explained by...
  • Blog Post: Open XML and the SharePoint Conference

    SharePoint conference is just a few days away. We are thrilled that in an era of shrinking shows and budgets, we're able to have a sold out conference dedicated to learning about Office and SharePoint 2010. It will be an exciting week. A positive trend in Office development is the migration of solutions...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Application Compatibility Tools Beta Now Available

    Update: URL's in the post were not functioning properly, and have now been fixed. Today we are please to announce that a public beta of Office Environment Assessment Tool, a beta of Office Code Compatibility Inspector and a draft of the Assessment and Remediation Guide are now available for download...
  • Blog Post: 2010 New Year's Resolutions & Beer Selection, Simplified + 2009 blog in review

    On December 15, 1999, I was sitting in my home in England (near Reading), having just wrapped up a trip to Salzburg to fix a huge problem related to classified pagination. This work was sandwiched between several Y2k conversions (in reality it was more like "2004-proofing" due to the size of the field...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 & SharePoint 2010 Developer Workshops

    The Office 2010 train is now boarding. For those of you looking to get your hands on some training content in advance of this month's public beta, we've got your fix. Today on Channel 9, developer workshops for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 are posted and live . Office 2010 Developer Training...
  • Blog Post: Outlook 2010 for Developers: New Shutdown Changes for Outlook 2010

    If you are developing add-ins or customizations for Outlook, these changes in 2010 are worth noting. I'm pulling an article out of the MSDN Office Development Library to alert you to an important change to the way Outlook shuts down . The article contains several alternative strategies for successfully...
  • Blog Post: Leaked Office 2010 Build and Staying Safe

    I am re-posting from the Office 2010 blog as a public service to ensure folks don't cause themselves any problems. We are on track to deliver the technical preview of Office 2010 in July and will share additional details at that point. Microsoft has not yet distributed any official code for Office 2010...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Questions Answered for new Office developers

    Continuing on the theme of Q & A for Office 2010, I thought I'd add a few questions, answers and pointers to get you oriented to some key topics relevant to 2010. We get a lot of interest from folks who are just starting to code on Office, I thought it worthwhile to run down the list of FAQ's as...
  • Blog Post: Office and SharePoint 2010 Highlights from SharePoint Conference

    SharePoint Conference was a very busy time for us. We were finally able to pull back the curtain on many of the capability areas of 2010, and for a lot of folks, this was the first opportunity to see what all the excitement is about. There is a lot of buzz about Office and SharePoint 2010, but there...
  • Blog Post: Office Round-up

    Tossing up a few useful links and a few random comments to go along with it. BPOS Customers can now view service status through a new dashboard. An RSS feed is also available. Mac Office will Arrive on October 26 th . Office 2011 is a fine product. We changed some of the licensing terms for Business...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 PDC Keynote in Depth

    Kurt starts today's discussion with a quick conversation on the Business Productivity Infrastructure. If you know the Office and SharePoint environment well, this is probably something you've seen us discuss before. It was at PDC08 when we announced that we will be releasing Office Web Applications...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 System Requirements

    Customers have many questions about Office 2010, so may decisions related to Office deployment depend on their answers. I am creating a post to address the ones that come up most frequently on the technical side for Office 2010. I will keep adding FAQ' type posts with links in hopes that I can help search...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 for Developers: Outlook 2010 MAPI reference and a hint for the PowerPoint Developer

    At the recent SharePoint conference, one of the things I was asked most frequently was whether or not we were going to "do anything" about the Outlook MAPI API. Fair enough. As we do at trade shows, we say "let me check and I'll report back to you on that." Today I am happy to report back on that. MSDN...
  • Blog Post: Office Developer Atlas

    If you are new to Office development, or are if you are looking to learn more about what's new in Office 2010 for Developers, we have a new tool available for you. Today we are publishing the Office Developer Atlas , a tool for self-training on Office 2010 development. This is a great resource for you...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Application Compatibility: Deep dive on Environment Assessment Tool

    Update : I caught wind of some problems with the email address for the beta signup through blog comments and other channels. We had to resolve a technical difficulty with the email alias. With our apologies, please continue to use the email address below to sign up for the beta. It should be working...
  • Blog Post: A big day for Office 2010

    So today we pull back the curtain on Office 2010 . Product managers know that launch is the most exciting (and exhausting) time. Late nights building demos on "not release candidate" builds, refining the storytelling, making sure we're not missing any key new features, and so on. The last mile of product...
  • Blog Post: PowerPoint VBA and the Purpose of Thursday

    Most weekly newspapers publish on Thursday because this is the day when the majority of young people plan their weekends. Thursday is a good day for a lot of things; it's when I have my team meeting. I choose Thursday because there's a good bit of news to recap with the team, and there's a bit of time...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Application Compatibility: Deep dive on the Code Compatibility Inspector

    Continuing with the deep dive into new tools in Office 2010 Application Compatibility, we would like to explore and illustrate in detail how Code Compatibility Inspector (CI) functions. Visit the prior post on App compat . Visit the drill down on the environment assessment tool. The Microsoft Office...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Office 2010 Application Compatibility Program

    Update : If you would like to sign up for the beta program for the tools, please email the following alias. mailto:OFAPPCPT@Microsoft.com Update: Read more details about the tools in these two subsequent posts: http://blogs.technet.com/gray_knowlton/archive/2009/11/10/office-2010-application-compatibility...