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Microsoft Interoperability Events Brochure

Monday, Nov 17 Anne Fogarty
Now Announcing: Protocols Plugfest 2015
The Microsoft Interop team is pleased to announce their involvement in the first ever Protocols Plugfest located in Europe! The event will take place on May 12th – 14th, 2015... More >
Wednesday, Nov 12 Anne Fogarty
2015 北京互操作技术研讨会 下个三月,微软互操作组将在中国北京举办互操作技术研讨会! 诚邀您参加2015北京互操作技术研讨会!时间:2015年3月16日(星期二),17日(星期三)。请注意,日期可能微调。 此次为期两天的研讨会,专为与微软的开放文档进行相关工作的开发人员们精心准备。来自Office, Windows和SQL部门的互操作专家们将提... More >
Wednesday, Nov 5 Jinghui Zhang
October 2014 Quarterly update for Office, Lync, SharePoint, and Exchange protocol documentation
We're happy to announce the October 2014 quarterly update to the Open Specifications technical documents for Office, SharePoint Products and Technologies, and Exchange Server! For ... More >
Wednesday, Nov 5 Michelle Hammond