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Microsoft Office 2003 Editions: Overview of Developer TechnologiesSeptember 2004

XML elements, data-binding to the XML structure and a greater flexibility by allowing custom-defined Windows Forms user controls in the task pane. The resulting solutions benefit from the .NET Framework security model. "Visual Studio Tools for Office version 2005 (beta)" is scheduled for release sometime in 2005 around the time that Visual Studio 2005 is available (http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/whidbey/default.aspx).

Information Bridge Framework. You can use the Information Bridge Framework to build smart documents as well. However, solutions built using the Information Bridge Framework require a significant upfront investment in enterprise Web services and metadata design. Given this, if an organization is (1) investing in an Information Bridge Framework infrastructure for tying together information coming from multiple back-end systems, (2) considering multiple solutions that can use an Information Bridge Framework infrastructure, and/or (3) wants to use a declarative programming model, Information Bridge Framework technologies make sense.

IMPORTANT: Information Bridge Framework has been deprecated with the release of the 2007 Microsoft Office system. For information about Office Developer Platform and Business Application strategy, see the OBA Development Portal on the Microsoft Office Developer Center.

If you have been working with Information Bridge Framework 1.5 and are experiencing compatibility issues with the 2007 Microsoft Office system or .NET Framework 2.0, see Knowledge Base article 926348.

Suggested Next Steps

See the following resources:


Download and begin using the Office 2003 Smart Document Software Development Kit (SDK): http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=24A557F7-EB06-4A2C-8F6C-2767B174126F&displaylang=en

Follow a "Hello World" managed smart document tutorial: http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/understanding/smarttags/gettingstarted/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dnofftalk/html/office09042003.asp

Easier managed smart documents using the Vertigo Managed Smart Documents Wrapper: http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dno2k3ta/html/odc_SmartDocsWrapper.asp

"Visual Studio Tools for Office version 2005 (beta)"

For more information, see "Visual Studio Tools for Office version 2005 (beta)".

Information Bridge Framework

For more information, see Information Bridge Framework.

Research Task Pane

The Research task pane is new task pane introduced with Office 2003 Editions that allows users of Office applications to search for a word or phrase in any of a number of information sources without leaving the context of the Office application. Two examples of the Research task pane are shown in Figure 5, one searching default information sources provided with Office 2003 Editions and one searching a custom research service.

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To comment on this paper or request more documentation on these developer features, contact us at O12Devdx@microsoft.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

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