‘Office Development’ category archive

Development for Office 2013 RT: Starter Kit

Office 2013 is ready to go! Microsoft calls it RTM for "Released to Manufacturing". What this means is the Office team can put away the Red Bull, the M&Ms, the caffeine injections, the EPO and other doping practices (hey, it's not illegal if you're coding!). It means they settle down and live a normal life for a few days. But they will need to return quickly to write the documentation.... Read the rest of this entry →

How to avoid “Outlook detected a problem with an add-in”. Tips & tricks for Office 2013 developers

If you've read my last article, you would've seen I mentioned that Outlook 2013 has become a lot stricter when checking add-in performance for such metrics as add-in start-up, shutdown, item open and folder switching. If you do have a few misbehaving plug-ins, you might also have seen this new information bar when starting Outlook 2013 "A problem was detected with an add-in and it has been disabled" ... Read the rest of this entry →

Radical redesign of Access 2013 and what it means for Office developers

Access changed my life. Ever since I picked up a copy of the Access 97 Developer’s Reference, I have been enamored by Microsoft Office Access and how it can be utilized to build solutions. The first application I ever wrote was in Access 97…for a shipping company. It scanned shipping manifests. They loved it. I loved it... Read the rest of this entry →

What’s new in Outlook 2013 for Microsoft Office developers

The new Office brought with it some mayor changes and we've been focusing on the biggest change: the new app framework. But, Apps for Office is not the only new feature, Outlook 2013 Preview brings with it the following important changes... Read the rest of this entry →

A Guide for making money in the Office App Store

Given all the developer guides we have posted that cover the upcoming Office App Store, we thought it would be useful to offer a guide for making money with it. I’d love to say it is as easy as 1-2-3 but it isn’t... Read the rest of this entry →

Office Newswire: on-premises or cloud software makes better business sense?

Microsoft taking big gamble with Windows and Office. After the "lost decade", we should expect it. Risks are exciting. Not everyone likes them but you can't grow without taking them. I mean, you can't stay on Windows XP forever. I loaded Windows 8 onto my macbook. I love it. I've officially moved from hating Windows 8 to think it's great. It's fast, easy to use, and fun. ... Read the rest of this entry →

Office Newswire: Office is now the Netflix of productivity suites

Office as a Service (OaaS) has officially arrived. It was inevitable really. In fact, just last year I updated the “List of Things that 100% Certain in Life” to include item #3: monthly software fees. I was just trying to be silly but it looks like I was more right than I was wrong. The [...]... Read the rest of this entry →

Office Newswire: Will the new Office developer model be successful?

I’ve been thinking about The Tablet Wars and how the market is changing. Yes, there have been lots of changes already. But these changes are overwhelming due to a single product… the iPad. Apple has enjoyed a big lead because they took the risk to create a tablet device based on the iPhone. The press [...]... Read the rest of this entry →

Office Newswire: Next Office – click-to-run and Office on demand

I am very interested in Windows RT because it offers the most battery life. I don't want to re-charge this tablet device during the day. I want to put in a full days's work and charge it at night. I've been curious to know what, if any, differences there will be for Office 2013 for WinRT. ... Read the rest of this entry →

Excel 2013 development – 7 questions developers should ask

Excel 2013 has plenty of new features. From Flash Fill to PowerPivot's native engine, from Quick Analysis to the WebService() function there is plenty to excite the user base. But for Excel developer's, the biggest news has to be the new Apps for Office extension framework... Read the rest of this entry →

Office UX guidelines for Excel 2013 content apps and Word 2013 task pane apps

My original plan for this article was to give you an overview of the new UX guidelines, but I’ve since decided to do a more hands on guide with some code thrown in for good measure. So strap on your web development helmets folks, it’s going to be a wild ride!... Read the rest of this entry →

Outlook 2013 development & customization: 7 questions developers should ask

What are Mail Apps and why would I build one? Okay, first off, this is two questions rolled into one. So technically, you are already getting a deal from today's newswire… 8 questions for the price of 7. With that in mind, let's continue. ... Read the rest of this entry →

Office Newswire: Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 are out!

I downloaded them and will install them this afternoon. I plan to attempt to go "all in" again with Windows 8. I have an Asus slate sitting around and I'm hoping Windows 8 is just the thing to make it useful. I'll find out soon enough. I'm going to tote this thing from place to place (with a Bluetooth keyboard) and see what happens... Read the rest of this entry →

Office 2013 App development: mail, task pane and content apps

One cannot help but think, after reading the marketing write-ups and reviews of Office 2013, that Microsoft wants developers to retire their classic Office Add-ins and focus their development efforts on the new Apps for Office, previously known as Agave. Unfortunately, things are not always as they seem... Read the rest of this entry →

Office Newswire: All about Outlook.com – Microsoft’s new Metro style email service

I know I have said it a few times here in the Office Newswire but I'll say it again. I believe Microsoft's MOJO has returned and that it is big. In fact, it is growing as we see from yesterday's news about Outlook.com and the over 1,000,000 signups on its first day... Read the rest of this entry →

Office 2013 Developer’s Guide: questions and answers

When Microsoft discusses the Office Platform, they mean Office + SharePoint. But for developers, Office means Office and SharePoint means SharePoint. Sure, they hang out together and visit a few bars when they attend the same tech conference… but they are not the same!... Read the rest of this entry →

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