TECHED: Why Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO)?


Rounding out a solid day of excellent sessions was Australia’s favourite son Andrew Coates (OK, so I might have hyped that a little bit).

Office Business Applications (OBA) will be getting increasing focus from Microsoft in the coming year and it is no wonder why.
VSTO, now in its third version, allows developers to easily build functionality on top of the Office applications. With Visual Studio 2008 Pro we can be building rich, powerful apps right into Outlook, Word, Excel, etc. As a third version, it is a classic case of the product maturing, and offering significant value.

Answer: Because Office is no longer a suite of applications, rather it is a platform.

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By Craig Bailey