# Saturday, 07 April 2007

Thanks to Bart Wessel's blog I found out about the existence of these posters:

  • Developer Roadmap for the 2007 Microsoft Office System.
  • Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 Managed Object Model Poster.
  • Developer Map for SharePoint Products and Technologies Poster.

You can download them here.

Grz, Kris.

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# Monday, 02 April 2007

I blogged about the nice feature of Conversation in a former post but I just found out, thanks to Joe Stagner (the guy behind the learning videos at the ASP.NET site), about adding a calendar to your email. Check out this post: Office 2007 Coolness...Part 1 of at least 10!

Grz, Kris.

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# Saturday, 31 March 2007

Sometimes you just find out new stuff by accident. This one also falls in that category. Because I'm moderator on the ASP.NET forums I also get quite some email from that site. Especially when I want to track a certain thread that also interests me. In the past I just got all emails ordered by date but apparently you can also group them by conversation which is awesome since I really like that feature about GMail.

Grz, Kris.

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# Monday, 25 December 2006

Yes, I finally installed Office 2007. It looks great and the new ribbon does need some "getting used to" but I'll manage. The only thing that drove me a bit crazy was that first it didn't want to install. Seemed that the installed conflicted with the installation of Expression Web Designer Beta. After uninstalling that everything went just fine. Pity though that the installer couldn't immediately tell me which program was causing the conflicts.

Anyway: Merry Christmas to all!!

Grz, Kris.

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# Thursday, 07 December 2006

Yesterday evening I attended an MSDN Technical Evening about VSTO 2005 Second Edition presented by Patrick Tisseghem of the company U2U. Although it's been a very long time since I developed some small things with VSTO it was an interesting meeting to attend. Especially when you look at what's available with the latest VSTO, although for the real cool stuff it seems we have to wait for the Orcas Release of Visual Studio. We saw several techniques, the good and the bad, of creating a simple add in for Office 2007 and how to make one for Outlook. One of my collegues, one that almost whole the time spends his development time with Office, was glad to hear that VBA isn't the big thing anymore but .NET languages like C# and VB.NET are the way to go.

Grz, Kris.

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# Saturday, 24 June 2006

Last thursday I attended a session presented by Jan Tielens in Mechelen on the subject of Office 2007.
The session was dedicated for developers and because I haven't tried it out myself I found the new possibilities of Office 2007 very interesting. Especially the new file formats and the distinction between macro enabled and macro disabled documents are great. I still remember the time that macro virusses became available and the harm they could do to someones computer. Also the files themselves are smaller than in the past because they're, behind the scenes, compressed zip files. So in order to take a look at what's inside you just have to rename the file and add .zip behind the file extension of the document and you can open it with winzip for example. After that you can clearly see that all the data is now inside xml files and there are dedicated subfolders available to hold the embedded data like for example images.

The fact that the data is now xml means that a developer can quite easily manipulate the data, or create documents, with .NET. Especially because the next version will hold extra capabilities to interact with the so called "packages".

Besides the new file formats and what a developer can do with it we also had a demo about how to use the VSTO to create custom task panes or to create custom ribbons.

Well, I hope to get into experimentation on this topic soon because it really looks great to me.

Grz, Kris.

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# Wednesday, 21 June 2006


I found out, via Jan Tielens' blog, whom found out via Eli Robillard's blog, that you can download a 236 pages free eBook in pdf format about 7 Development Projects with the 2007 Microsoft Office System and Windows SharePoint Services 2007.

So for all you guys and girls interested: get your copy here.

Grz, Kris.

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# Tuesday, 06 June 2006

Most people are getting aware of the new upcoming version of Office. There are already several resources available and I thought I'd list some:

Some videos: Channel 9 In the office
Some report by Forrester: Developers get ready for 2007 Office system
A quick introduction to the new UI of 2007 Office System: First look 2007 Office System
extension code samples, supplemental developer white papers: 2007 Office System Starter Kit: Enterprise Content Management Starter Kit

Grz, Kris.

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