Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO)

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  • Microsoft offers CRM users an 'Elixir'

    Sample code from a Microsoft project dubbed "Elixir" shows developers how to use Visual Studio Tools for Office to link CRM applications and Outlook. 

  • PDC shows Microsoft ready for enterprise software competition

    Microsoft's array of development initiatives introduced at the PDC position the company to compete well in the enterprise software market, one industry analyst says. The timetable may be ambitious, but Microsoft will likely do better than its competi... 

  • Office Development Tools Page

    Recent stories highlight very interesting client tool doings in the Microsoft camp. Some are collected here. 

  • Plenty of activity on the .NET front

    The combination of the PDC and the imbending release of VS and SQL updates has made it a busy autumn at Here's an update on what we've done recently. 

  • VSTO and the Tai of the Office object model

    In a conversation with Microsoft's Eric Carter and Eric Lippert, the importance of object models is discussed; specifically, a model that can have the same structure a the business model that developers may code against. 

  •'s PDC 2005 page

    Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference 2005 hit Los Angeles last week. Along with coverage of the conference, this page includes news and commentary from the days after Microsoft's many big announcements. 

  • At the PDC: VSTA to support macro recordings but will work with .NET objects

    At the PDC this week, Microsoft continued to expand its array of Office tools with the surprise announcement of Visual Studio Tools for Applications (VSTA). The tool has many similarities to Microsoft's VSTO Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) prod... 

  • At the PDC: Gates shows what's in store for developers in 2006

    Bill Gates' keynote address at the PDC highlighted updates of software frameworks and tools like Atlas and the newly introduced Language Integrated Query. Gates also provided a public demo of Office 12. 

  • Behind VSTO today

    If you want to look a little deeper into where the next VSTO is and where this same VSTO is headed, you could do well to look at Eric Carter's blog. 

  • Outlook support due for VSTO

    Programmability of Microsoft Office apps took a leap forward as VSTO added support for Outlook.