The Future of Visual Studio Tools for Office

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In this video we talk to Visual Studio Tools for Office team General Manager, KD Hallman, and Development Manger, Eric Carter.  They’re working on "Cypress", a fully-supported add-on for Visual Studio 2005 that enables developers to build solutions that target Office 2007, and the next full release of Visual Studio Tools for Office, code named "Orcas". We talk about the features and goals of these two releases, and how they work with Office 2007 and Vista.

VSTO Resources:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/future
http://blogs.msdn.com/vsto2/archive/2006/03/22/558339.aspx

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    Ian

    Cool!  What scares me a little is the amount of great new stuff around that I would like to get a handle on!  (OK, so maybe I am getting old ?  Surely not)

    On a related tack I'm just playing with Spreadsheet Services at the moment and I have to say that if this product does everything it promises to it will be a massive vote winner with Corporates (our business people are screaming for this kind of functionality).

    Sad thing is our business is stuck in Office 97 , just starting to migrate to Office XP!

    Google? I can't see our business people using Google spreadsheets for Corporate data, and on top of that, the versioning control and all the other related Sharepoint features mean that Excel Services has the edge in terms of functionality (though not marketability)

    (KD could have been a little higher in the mix)

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    Yggdrasil
    Ian wrote:
    Sad thing is our business is stuck in Office 97 , just starting to migrate to Office XP!


    Why would you be upgrading to Office XP, now in 2006?
    I'm not talking about jumping to Office 2007 as soon as it's available, but we have Office 2003 with two service packs and three years of solid proof behind it.
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    Ian

    Thats the 64k question, I guess it fits with the plan to migrate from NT4 to Windows XP (SERVICE PACK 1) 

    (Yes, not 2, 1.)

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    LiQ
    Ian wrote:
    

    Thats the 64k question, I guess it fits with the plan to migrate from NT4 to Windows XP (SERVICE PACK 1) 

    (Yes, not 2, 1.)



    It sounds like you're on the wrong team. It's like trying to fight World War 5 with Iceland. I'd switch as fast as I could. Run you fool Tongue Out

    Sounds like some people around me: "does Office XP really work with Windows 2000?"...
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    mwirth
    i hope that in this version of vsto international support will be better. currently if you have an english version of vsto and a german version of office (specifically excel) you're out of luck. i don't remember the exact reasons.. the only thing i remember is that you 'd have to always call Invoke() on excel interop functions....  vsto loses all its glory that way.
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    EricCarter
    The internationalization issue with Excel was a problem in VSTO 2003 but we solved in VSTO 2005.  For more information see my blog post http://blogs.msdn.com/eric_carter/archive/2005/06/15/429515.aspx
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    liridon shala

    hmm fine I agree with some of the member who mentations that we can't get back to office 2003 we should look the future and waiting for 2007 office, one problem is here the office is office can't be any thing else to expect more from it.

    Does a big corporation has it's database in excel I find stupidly using those application for such as big companys does it somwere.

    by Liridon Shala

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    mwirth
    EricCarter wrote:
    The internationalization issue with Excel was a problem in VSTO 2003 but we solved in VSTO 2005.  For more information see my blog post http://blogs.msdn.com/eric_carter/archive/2005/06/15/429515.aspx

    Uh! Thanks Eric! I did not know that. Going to have a look at it right away.
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    Harlequin
    LiQ wrote:
    It sounds like you're on the wrong team. It's like trying to fight World War 5 with Iceland. I'd switch as fast as I could. Run you fool


    I wouldn't have said Iceland, they're under agreement with the U.S. for protection since they don't have their own military....hehe Smiley

    But yeah, switching to XP SP1 now just means that whoever is running things in the company is just not certified to do their job, simple as that. I'm loving the new Office mainly because of the new SharePoint 2007, think it's going to be incredible to work in the environment.

    But it sounds like Ian's workplace will see the 2007 products around 2011, when we're all installing Office 2010 Cool
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    liuyang281

    I want a invition of the winlop,thank you.
    EA:liuyang281@gmail.com

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