Office 2007 is a natural fit for Software + Services for two main reasons:
Office has exposed a rich set of services that include features such as security, calculation, Enterprise Search, workflow, and single sign-on.
Office provides the presentation layer for displaying the results of this rich data retrieval into the client applications with which end users are most often comfortable.
The goal of the Office platform here is to achieve integration between software and services and to simplify the consumption of these services for the developer. In addition, Visual Studio 2008, which contains Visual Studio Tools for Office, provides RAD development tools so that teams involving anyone with the skillset of ...