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Pro SharePoint Solution Development: Combining .NET, SharePoint, and Office 2007 by Susie Adams, Ed Hild

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Chapter 4. Visual Studio Tools for Office Overview

Microsoft Office is one of the world's most used information-worker applications. This level of exposure and recognition has made these tools an enticing area for customization as developers wish to extend a tool that users are already comfortable with. Developing with Microsoft Office has traditionally meant developing in a COM-based world. This began to change with Office 2003 when Microsoft shipped primary interop assemblies (PIAs) as part of the advanced installation. These PIAs opened Office to the .NET developer community and their managed code projects. A primary interop assembly enabled a Visual Studio developer to write code against the Office applications by adding a reference in the ...

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