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Microsoft Has Released a PST View Tool and a File Format SDK

by Abel Avram on  May 26, 2010

Three months ago Microsoft released the Outlook PST Specification documentation allowing developers to create server/desktop applications processing PST content without having to install Outlook. On May 24th, Microsoft announced two new open source projects, PST Data Structure View Tool and PST File Format SDK, making the creation of such applications even easier.

Microsoft Has Published the Outlook PST Specification

by Abel Avram on  Feb 27, 2010

Microsoft has published the Outlook PST file format specification in order to "facilitate interoperability and enable customers and vendors to access the data in .pst files on a variety of platforms" as promised in October last year.

Working with VBA and Visual Studio Tools for Office

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 09, 2009

Visual Basic for Applications is a dead-end and Visual Studio for Applications isn’t ready for prime time, leaving developers in the uncomfortable position of trying to mix .NET code with legacy VBA macros. Fortunately Visual Studio Tools for Office makes it relatively painless.

Apache POI 3.5 Released with OOXML Support

by Charles Humble on  Oct 29, 2009

Apache have released version 3.5 of the POI library for working with Microsoft Office documents. The latest version adds support for the OOXML format used by Office 2007 and higher. InfoQ spoke to Apache's Yegor Kozlov, release manager for POI 3.5, POI project founder Andrew Oliver, and Robert Duffner and Vijay Rajagopalan of Microsoft to find out more about the project.

A US Judge Orders Microsoft to Stop Selling Word

by Abel Avram on  Aug 12, 2009 5

A Texan judge has ordered Microsoft to stop selling MS Word in US because it infringes on a patent hold by i4i.

4 Office Applications Will Be on the Web: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote

by Abel Avram on  Jul 14, 2009 3

Microsoft wants to take Office 2010 to the web offering some lightweight Office applications running inside the browser.

MindTouch 2009 Includes Publishing from MS Desktop Applications

by Dave West on  May 14, 2009

MindTouch announces the ability to publish content from any Microsoft Desktop application to its collaborative industrial wiki. New user functionality includes: one-click publishing from any MS application and in-place editing of Microsoft Office. The new functionality is delivered as, Aurelia Reporter, Desktop Connector, and MS Word and MS Outlook connectors.

SQL Server 2008 Major Updates

by Al Tenhundfeld on  Apr 20, 2009

Microsoft has released significant updates for SQL Server 2008, including 2008 Service Pack 1, Express Edition Service Pack 1, large Feature Pack, Upgrade Advisor, SRS Report Builder 2.0, SharePoint integration, and data mining Office add-ins.

Microsoft Office as a Rich Client For Enterprise Applications

by Mark Figley on  Jul 10, 2008 3

Ted Neward points us towards a solid piece by Bruce Wilson about increasing the power and usability of enterprise applications by using Microsoft Office as your client instead of a browser. And as Ted points out, this strategy can be a great option even if your backend is Java or any other Web Service aware platform.

UNO, OpenOffice, and MonoDevelop

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 23, 2008 1

Microsoft Office developers have long bragged about their ability to control pretty much anything in Office via COM automation. But unbeknownst to most, OpenOffice developers have a few tricks up their sleeve.

SpringSource Announces Acquisition by Microsoft

by Ryan Slobojan on  Apr 01, 2008 28

In a surprise announcement, SpringSource CEO Rod Johnson announced that SpringSource has agreed to be acquired by Microsoft. InfoQ interviewed Johnson to learn more about this acquisition and what it will mean for the future of both Spring and the .Net Framework.

Office Open XML SDK to be Released Soon

by Abel Avram on  Mar 20, 2008

Microsoft has announced that it will release the OOXML SDK despite the fact that ISO did not approve OOXML as an open standard last September.

Buzzword – RIA Word Processor: Built Using Adobe Flex / AIR

by Jon Rose on  Nov 29, 2007

Adobe recently acquired Virtual Ubiquity, the creators of Buzzword - a web based word processor. InfoQ.com connected with David Coletta and Tad Staley of Adobe Systems to learn more about the product, the challenges and benefits of using Adobe Flex for its development, and what the future holds for the product.

Reporting tool Ruport releases version 1.2

by Werner Schuster on  Aug 30, 2007

Ruport, the Ruby reporting tool, was just released in version 1.2. Meanwhile, the Ruport Book effort is coming along as well.

OpenXML Spreadsheet Formulas Called into Question

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 11, 2007 1

Rob Weir has called the spreadsheet formulas into question. Lost in the posturing and grandstanding are some serious holes in the specification.

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