How to customize MSI installer using Add-in Express ClickTwice custom actions

Let's start with the conclusion: you can deeply customize the UI and behavior of the MSI installer of your Add-in Express based Office extension using a ClickTwice custom action. To see how this works, build the project below, install the add-in by starting the MSI installer, and have a closer look at that installer's UI... Read the rest of this entry →

Localization of Office add-ins using forms-based resources

The article describes how to create a localized version of an Office add-in by using regular forms-based resources without having to apply them manually to each component, form or control... Read the rest of this entry →

Add-in Express sim-ships with Visual Studio 2017 RC

Last month Microsoft published Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2017. We, as Microsoft Visual Studio Industry Partner, were invited to support this version at the RC stage, and we were happy to seize the opportunity... Read the rest of this entry →

Introducing automatic updates for Office extensions

Version 8.3 of Add-in Express for Office and .net added support for automatic updates when using ClickTwice – MSI-based web deployment technology, this technology is closely tied with Add-in Express... Read the rest of this entry →

How to customize the appearance of advanced task panes and Outlook regions

Starting with version 8.2, Add-in Express began to open its internal infrastructure, which allows developers to customize some areas of advanced Excel, Word and PowerPoint task panes and Outlook regions. In the new release, it becomes possible to customize the header together with its controls as well as splitter and border. You can also modify the appearance of a minimized region, control the header visibility, change padding, get HitTest info and more... Read the rest of this entry →

Market first and product last

This is a guest post by Rex Chan, your fellow developer and our long-term customer, in which he explains the reasons of his failure to launch a new product and gives some good advice on how not to make the same mistakes... Read the rest of this entry →

Outlook 2016 Extensibility

The Office 2016 release is upon us and it is time we start having a closer look at the new features and changes in Outlook as well as what new extensibility the new Office 2016 platform offers to Outlook developers... Read the rest of this entry →

The Office 365 API – OneDrive / Files API

The article demonstrates how to create an Outlook add-in that integrates with OneDrive for Business and gives your users the ability to attach a file to an email directly from OneDrive... Read the rest of this entry →

Office 365 API – Querying Exchange

Today, we'll investigate how to retrieve data such as contacts, calendar entries and e-mails from Exchange. We'll create a simple Excel add-in, using our favourite Office development toolset, Add-in Express for Office and .net, which will import Exchange e-mails, contacts and calendar events into the active Excel workbook... Read the rest of this entry →

Office 365 API – Authentication & Setup

In our last article, we took a 10,000 foot view of what Office 365 has to offer. The article also made note of the Office 365 API, which enables developers to integrate with and use their users' Office 365 data... Read the rest of this entry →

Maptitude is the ideal MapPoint alternative for developers

This is a guest post by Stewart Berry, Director of Product Management at Caliper Corporation, in which he introduces Maptitude - the software designed as direct replacement for Microsoft MapPoint... Read the rest of this entry →

Office 365 for developers – What, How, Where?

Office 365 is said to be the most strategic developer surface area for Microsoft in the near future. So, let's take a quick look at what Office 365 has to offer from the developer's perspective... Read the rest of this entry →

Add-in Express sim-ships with Visual Studio 2015 and Office 2016 Preview

I am happy to report good news to all Add-in Express users – we are one of the Microsoft partners to sim-ship our products together with the Visual Studio 2015 RC and Office 2016 Preview... Read the rest of this entry →

Graphics formats for Microsoft Office add-ins

In today's article, we'll explore the various graphic formats supported by MS Office components and how to make them appear the best they can be.... Read the rest of this entry →

Office context menu add-in for Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint

The blog is about an add-in (with the source code) that adds a button to all context menus of Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, Visio and Word in Office 2010-2013. The button shows the name of the context menu.... Read the rest of this entry →

Windows and Office security guide for Office developers

Office add-in security and certificates has always been somewhat of a daunting task. In today's article we'll first investigate code-signing certificates and why they are used. We'll then take a closer look at the Office Trust Center function and settings... Read the rest of this entry →

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