Microsoft Office 2003 Editions: Overview of Developer TechnologiesSeptember 2004
Interested in presenting a unified view of information coming from multiple back-end systems.
Allow user to use terms marked as smart tags in an Office document to bring up relevant views of corporate information and execute related actions
When using Word, Excel, Outlook
Recommend Information Bridge Framework. It provides the user with a capability to navigate to the information they need using a Windows Form or HTML UI in the default task pane or a popup window. If needed, Information Bridge Framework also helps you create relationships between information from multiple back-end systems for presenting a unified data view.
When using Access, PowerPoint
Use the ISmartTagAction interface in a smart tag DLL. You can access and present data by using .NET-based PIAs or COM-based code when implementing the ISmartTagAction interface in a smart tag DLL.
Pull information from any Web service into an Office document
When using Word, Excel
Recommend Visual Studio Tools for Office version 2003 with Visual Studio .NET 2003. Visual Studio .NET 2003 allows you to connect to industry standard Web services easily and manipulate the data in a variety of ways once retrieved. Visual Studio Tools for Office version 2003 makes it easy to create .NET-based code for Word and Excel document solutions. The code retrieves the Web service content as XML and then presents it in a document using the Office object model functionality.
Recommend "Visual Studio Tools for Office version 2005 (beta)" with Information Bridge Framework. The use of "Visual Studio Tools for Office version 2005 (beta)" allows you to use the latest Web service standards and manipulate the data in a variety of ways once retrieved. "Visual Studio Tools for Office version 2005 (beta)" has a number of advanced data manipulation techniques and UI capabilities that give you greater control over how to insert the data in a document.
Coupling "Visual Studio Tools for Office version 2005 (beta)" with the next version of Information Bridge Framework Web services is appropriate when
An organization is already investing in an Information Bridge Framework infrastructure
You prefer to work with back-end data as "business
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