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Microsoft Office 2003 Editions: Overview of Developer TechnologiesSeptember 2004

Microsoft® Office 2003 Editions: Overview of Developer Technologies

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Published: September 2004

For the latest information, please see http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/


This overview of developer technologies describes the newer tools and technologies that help enable solution developers to build custom solutions incorporating programs from Microsoft® Office 2003 Editions. The goal of this document is to allow developers who incorporate Office 2003 Editions within custom solutions to begin to understand the new development technologies and techniques around Office 2003 Editions and the types of solutions they can create with them.

Solution Development for Microsoft Office 2003 Editions

Microsoft Office 2003 Editions preserves all the development capabilities that existed in previous versions, giving you the comfort of knowing you can always rely on your existing base of knowledge while learning new solution techniques. The solutions that you can create with the new capabilities continue to use the familiar and consistent user interface (UI) that current Office users know, thereby minimizing training.

You can loosely group the new investment areas for Office 2003 Editions into the following three areas.

Simplifying creation of connected systems. Office 2003 Editions enables you to build solutions that use Extensible Markup Language (XML) and Web services to allow users using Office to easily interact with enterprise-wide business processes and data. These solutions can help improve the flow of information, efficiency of handling documents, and quality of decision making throughout an organization.

Furthering the robust foundation of Office functionality. The solid base of Office technology is significantly enhanced through improving existing technologies and innovating with new technologies. This investment helps you employ proven and specialized software and technology in Office 2003 Editions, allowing you to rapidly build solid, extensible solutions, decreasing the time to market while retaining flexibility to meet changing business requirements.

Productive developer tools. This focus enables secure, robust solution development with efficient and friendly developer tools and software. Developers can implement solutions with their existing developer skills while also growing in new areas, e.g. by increasingly adopting W3C standards and .NET Framework technologies.

Many of the tools and techniques described in this document are available only in Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003, Microsoft Office Professional Enterprise Edition 2003, and the individual versions of each program. This means that both from a development perspective as well as from a user’s perspective, solutions using these specific capabilities do not work without one of these versions. Those features that are available in all Office 2003 Editions are as follows:

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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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