SAN FRANCISCO — July 16, 2012 — Today, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office, available at office.com/preview . The next release features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets.
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Microsoft unveils the new Office
If you need a way to create invoices in Excel, you can use one of the many invoice templates on Office.com. While these templates are a great starting point, they don't automatically generate unique invoice numbers—you need a macro for that.
Generate invoice numbers in Excel
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Leveraging Windows Azure WCF Services to Connect BCS with SharePoint Online
This sample shows how to use the new Conversation object in Outlook 2010 to manipulate items in a mail conversation.
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Sample: Outlook 2010: Manipulate Items in Mail Conversations Using Outlook.Conversations
This sample shows how to use the new PickerDialog object in Outlook 2010, to access a SharePoint server to get a list of objects such as users, distribution lists, and so forth.
Download a C# Outlook 2010 add-in that provides a custom user interface in Outlook for you to select and copy a chart from an Excel workbook to an email message in compose mode.
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Sample: Automating Chart Importation from Excel to an Email Message in Outlook 2010 (Visual How To)
My company has been a subscriber of Microsoft’s current Office cloud offering (BPOS) for a over a year. It’s great in a lot of ways:
- It’s easy to administer
- It bundles Exchange, SharePoint, & Live Meeting
- It includes a nice single sign-on app that allows you to move about SharePoint, Outlook, and Live Meeting without entering your credentials multiple times.
- Users have up to 25 GB of space (although in reality mileage may vary)
- It doesn’t break the bank
- It’s almost always working. Given the recent press about an outage, the outages we have experienced is less than if we were hosting it ourselves.
These benefits are great except for the fact that I’m a developer. When we adopt a platform, I start thinking about how we can extend it so that our business processes are integrated with it. With BPOS, our options stunk. The extensibility features just weren’t there.
Office 365, however, has a nice extensibility story…at least with SharePoint online. As more information becomes available, I’m hoping to see development possibilities for Lync, Exchange, and Office Web Apps.
But what I do know about SharePoint Online is that Microsoft is giving developers a lot to work with. If you know anything about Sandboxed solutions for SharePoint 2010, then you already know what you need for developing with SharePoint Online. Of course there is more to it but I’ll direct you to two great resources rather than fill you in myself:
- The SharePoint Online Developer’s Guide: This white paper tells you what you need to know to get started. After that, it’s up to you and your creative mind to take it from there.
- Channel 9 Video – Start Developing for SharePoint Online: Microsoft Evangelists Donovan Follette and Chris Mayo spend 24 minutes filling you in on Office 365 and the developer “story”. It’s a good video and worth spending your lunch break watching it.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend everyone.
Thanks to everyone attended my sessions at Tech Ed North America and at SharePoint TechFest. It was a lot of fun and everyone had great questions. This type of session is a challenge due to the plethora of overlapping technologies involved. Hopefully, the session did as advertised:
Provide an understanding of the developer technologies provided by the Office platform and explain when to use each technology.
You will leave here with an understanding of when to use Office technologies like Open XML, VSTO, SharePoint Document Services (Word, Excel, Visio), SharePoint REST API & Client Object Model, Business Connectivity Services, etc., and how to build them.
I have attached the slide deck and the demo code to this post. As a I mentioned at the beginning of the session, the MSDN Office Developer Map is a great place to go to find content related to any Office Development task. Here is the link:
The session deck has even more links and I’ll post a ton of material so be sure and check those out as well.
Download this package to install the Open XML SDK 2.0 code snippets for use with Visual Studio 2010.
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Office 2010 Sample: Open XML SDK 2.0 Code Snippets for Visual Studio 2010