Looking at Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office

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The Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Microsoft Office System brings significant enhancements to the development of business solutions that rely on solutions based on Office, Excel, InfoPath and Outlook 2003. Extending the previous versions, the integration of these tools into Visual Studio 2005 is designed to solve many different business challenges.

In this screencast, Thom takes a quick look at these tools and explores some of the core features they provide to developers. After viewing this Fast Tip we encourage you to review the following white paper for more information.



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    I'm using Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Express 2005, MS Office 2003.
    I would like to start using VSTO, but I'm not sure how to start.

    Also, I seem to have Framework 1.1 and Framework 2.0 installed. I plan to restrict further development to 2.0, but may have to do some support of 1.1, not sure at this point.

    I checked out MSDN documents and order book on VSTO.

    I'm not sure how software was installed. What should I do and in what order should a begin to verify if I have the proper prerequisites installed and how I should install them. 

    I looked at GAC and did not find items mentioned. However, I went to Office and noticed MS Office 11 components are referenced.

    Would it be safe to assume from this that I have the PIAs?

    I'm thinking I should begin installing the PIAs as mentioned in the MSDN instructions.

    What do you think?
    Appreciate you help..

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