What is "Custom XML?" … and the impact of the i4i judgment on Word

I recall saying recently that “this is my last post for 2009.” Whoops… I don’t think I was anticipating this. I watched with interest yesterday the coverage and reaction to the i4i judgment. I am not keen to share my own thoughts about the case here, but I would like to offer clarity around the…

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2010 New Year’s Resolutions & Beer Selection, Simplified + 2009 blog in review

On December 15, 1999, I was sitting in my home in England (near Reading), having just wrapped up a trip to Salzburg to fix a huge problem related to classified pagination. This work was sandwiched between several Y2k conversions (in reality it was more like “2004-proofing” due to the size of the field containing the…

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Office 2010 Questions Answered for new Office developers

Continuing on the theme of Q & A for Office 2010, I thought I’d add a few questions, answers and pointers to get you oriented to some key topics relevant to 2010. We get a lot of interest from folks who are just starting to code on Office, I thought it worthwhile to run down…

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Office 2010 System Requirements

Customers have many questions about Office 2010, so may decisions related to Office deployment depend on their answers. I am creating a post to address the ones that come up most frequently on the technical side for Office 2010. I will keep adding FAQ’ type posts with links in hopes that I can help search…

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Office 2010 Application Compatibility Tools Beta Now Available

Update: URL’s in the post were not functioning properly, and have now been fixed.  Today we are please to announce that a public beta of Office Environment Assessment Tool, a beta of Office Code Compatibility Inspector and a draft of the Assessment and Remediation Guide are now available for download at the new Office 2010…

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5 Years at Microsoft

It’s a small thing, but fun. Today I was given my 5-year service award for Microsoft. With a brief ceremony and a few jokes about how much more gray hair I have these days, I am now the proud owner of a new conversation piece. Just like Star Trek, I have a crystal that is…

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Outlook 2010 for Developers: New Shutdown Changes for Outlook 2010

If you are developing add-ins or customizations for Outlook, these changes in 2010 are worth noting. I’m pulling an article out of the MSDN Office Development Library to alert you to an important change to the way Outlook shuts down. The article contains several alternative strategies for successfully managing Outlook shutdown with your add-ins. There…

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Office 2010 for Developers: Transcript from my training session

During the launch wave we spend a lot of time “readying” various teams around the company and externally about the new capabilities for developers in Office 2010. This is a topic of great interest across our technical field in particular, due to the multitudes of solutions that are built on Office to do everything from…

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Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 PDC Keynote in Depth

  Kurt starts today’s discussion with a quick conversation on the Business Productivity Infrastructure. If you know the Office and SharePoint environment well, this is probably something you’ve seen us discuss before. It was at PDC08 when we announced that we will be releasing Office Web Applications that provide a high-fidelity & consistent experience for…

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I get your strategy, but where are you hosting your data?

With all the talk about Azure at PDC09 today, I cannot help but observe the inevitable language correction required to once again accommodate the technology lexicon. “On-premise” vs. “On-Premises.” Many, many people are throwing the words around, as if they are interchangeable. Dictionary.com has the following definition for “premise” If you are a stickler for…

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