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What's New in Visual Studio Tools for Office

There are now two editions of Visual Studio Tools for Office:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Microsoft Office System (VSTO 2005)

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the 2007 Microsoft Office System (VSTO 2005 SE)

These two editions provide many new features that help you create managed solutions that use Microsoft Office 2003 and the 2007 Microsoft Office system.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the 2007 Microsoft Office System (VSTO 2005 SE) is the second edition of VSTO 2005. For information about how to download and install VSTO 2005 SE, see How to: Install Visual Studio Tools for Office.

New Features in VSTO 2005 SE

VSTO 2005 SE includes new features in the following areas:

  • Application-level add-ins.

  • Custom task panes.

  • Ribbon extensibility.

  • Outlook form regions.

Application-Level Add-ins

  • VSTO 2005 SE includes project templates for many applications in Microsoft Office 2003 and the 2007 Microsoft Office system. For the complete list of applications, see Features Available by Product Combination.

  • The new add-in project templates are located under the Visual Basic projects and Visual C# projects folders, under a subfolder named Office, in folders named 2003 Add-ins and 2007 Add-ins.

  • The add-in project templates have a new programming model that differs from Outlook 2003 add-ins created by using VSTO 2005. For more information, see Getting Started Programming Application-Level Add-ins.

Custom Task Panes

  • You can create custom task panes for some applications in the 2007 Microsoft Office system by using add-ins. For more information, see Custom Task Panes Overview.

Ribbon Extensibility

  • You can customize the Ribbon user interface (UI) of some applications in the 2007 Microsoft Office system by using add-ins. For more information, see Ribbon Extensibility Overview.

Outlook Form Regions

  • You can create custom form regions for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 by using add-ins. For more information, see Outlook Form Regions Overview.

InfoPath Design Mode Integration in Visual Studio

  • The Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 form template design environment is fully integrated into the Visual Studio development environment. You can work with the features of InfoPath 2007 to design the look of your InfoPath form template at the same time that you write managed code to extend its capabilities without leaving Visual Studio. When working with InfoPath form templates in Visual Studio, you write business logic in Visual C# or Visual Basic against either the InfoPath 2003-compatible object model (members of the Microsoft.Office.Interop.InfoPath.SemiTrust namespace) or the new InfoPath 2007 managed code object model (members of the Microsoft.Office.InfoPath namespace). For more information, see Welcome to the InfoPath Developer Reference for Managed Code.

New Features in VSTO 2005

VSTO 2005 includes new features in the following areas:

  • Project System.

  • Visual Designer.

  • Controls.

  • Outlook Add-ins Support.

  • Actions Pane Support.

  • Smart Tags Support.

  • Server-Side Programming.

  • Data Caching.

  • Deployment.

For a white paper that provides a guided tour through many of the features, see What's New in Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=50565).

Project System

  • The project templates are located under the Visual Basic projects and Visual C# projects folders, in a subfolder named Office.

  • A new project template for Microsoft Office Excel 2003 templates has been added. For more information, see Excel Template Project Template.

  • A new project template for Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 projects has been added. For more information, see Outlook Add-in Project Template.

  • Excel no longer has only one code file for the workbook. There are separate code files for each worksheet, and one for the workbook. Microsoft Office Word 2003 has one code file for the document or template. For more information, see Hidden Project Files in Solution Explorer.

Visual Designer

Controls

Outlook Add-ins Support

Actions Pane Support

  • Support is now available for adding an actions pane to your document easily. For more information, see Actions Pane Overview.

Smart Tags Support

  • Support is now available for adding smart tags to your document easily. For more information, see Smart Tags Overview.

Data Programming

  • You can program against the data in your Office documents without having to use the object model of the Office application. For more information, see Data Model Overview.

Server-Side Programming

Data Caching

Deployment

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