Eugene Starostin

The Old New Year 2010 and Add-in Express 2010 for Internet Explorer

A period of more than 3 centuries when our country was part of Russia brought to our initially West-European culture lots of things habitual for Eurasian culture. Now we celebrate with the same passion Catholic Christmas, New Year, Orthodox Christmas and finally the Old New Year. A couple of days ago, on January the 13th, our office was filled with smiles and rollicking merriment again, and this is what I wish you too :-) If only you could see some of the photos taken that day! :-)

And now I address myself to our customers. Did you happen to read the very short newsletter that I’ve sent out on the Christmas Eve? And if you did, I wonder if anybody believed that we were going on Christmas holidays, which I mentioned there? :-) In fact, while Europe and some states of the USA were hit with heavy snowfalls, passengers of numerous airlines and trains were desperately sitting in departure lounges, and all of a sudden astronomers detected a new circumterrestrial asteroid, we, under the strict guidance of our most super-productive developer Sergey Grischenko, still came up to the new release… (isn’t this sentence too long, eh?! Dostoyevsky just pales before this one :-) Well then, Generation 2010 of our products is opened with the new release, namely…

Add-in Express 2010 for Internet Explorer and Microsoft .net

Oops… I’ve just noticed that the names of our products are as long and hard to read as some of my sentences :-)

What’s new in version 2010?

Striving to write up a final list of new features earlier today, I was surprised by its brevity. Here is what I’ve come up with:

  • Complete support for Visual Studio 2010
  • Complete support for Delphi Prism 2010
  • Complete support for managed C++
  • Complete support for IE 7 and 8 (64-bit)
  • Complete support for Windows 7
  • Msi-based web-deployment
  • Several bug fixes

Just seven lines! And no graphics, no screenshots. Absolutely nothing that could seem irresistibly fascinating – not a single new visual designer, not a single new visual component. Just nothing to show you. But in truth, it was a long comprehensive testing and plenty of tricks & hacks in order to:

  • Give you the ability to run your add-ons on IE 64-bit.
  • Bypass a whole lot of pitfalls with threads and processes of IE8 (the IE8 on Windows 7 is not the same as IE8 on Windows Vista or XP).
  • And finally, in order to make the deployment of your BHO (nobody hasn’t forgotten yet that this is it?) less tensive.
  • I will let alone such trifles as Visual Studio 2010, Delphi Prism 2010, finally shaped project templates for managed C++, and bug fixes.

Some of you will ask the question – how to get it?

I am giving a template answer. You can upgrade to Add-in Express 2010 for IE using our upgrade form.

Many of you will ask the question – what about Add-in Express 2010 for Office?

I am giving a cautious answer that we will have news on this in late February or early March :) Stay in touch!

That’s all. Thanks for your smiles :)


  • Howard Ricketts says:


    Last year I developed an add-in using Add-in Express but I now need to upgrade to IE10 installation.

    I am trying to create a Wix Installer for Internet Explorer 10 (and other versions) but dont seem to be able to find out what registry changes are required to actually get my add-in to appear in IE 10 (Manage Add-Ins>Show>All Add-ons). Using Add-In Express>Register works fine.

    I am using VS2015. I have also tried using the IESetup project – this seems to do most of the necessary registration but still the add-in does not appear in IE as a listed add-in.

    If you could tell me what registry entries are required for IE10 it would be very much appreciated.

  • Howard Ricketts says:

    Do you have any plans to offer support for add-ins for Microsoft Edge?

  • Andrei Smolin (Add-in Express Team) says:

    Hello Howard,

    The actual set of keys to create depends on the components used in your project. To simplify the creation of these keys, Add-in Express lets you create them automatically by running adxregistrator.exe in a custom action of your setup project. For this reason, we don’t have an all-embracing list of registry keys. I suggest that you google for the keys to be created.

    I don’t believe Microsoft Edge will ever be supported because its customization model differs a lot from that of IE.

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