Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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The in-built VSTO object model is designed to support .NET. And it's also simple!
Many common functions are packaged and well-integrated. In the new version, tools
such as Word, Excel, and InfoPath's target windows, are integrated directly into the
IDE interface. This helps Office developers to build solutions without needing an
advanced knowledge of the underlying object model. VSTO also has visual designers
for Word 2007 and Excel 2007 that are in the Visual Studio IDE.
In the preceding image, we can see how the visual designer for Word 2007 appears
in Visual Studio 2008. In this environment, you have the drag-and-drop functionality
and other easy-to-design layouts for the use of an Office developer. Visual Studio
2008 brings the visual designer for other Office tools such as Excel and Infopath
into the IDE. In a similar way, the Visual Studio 2008 IDE brings the visual Ribbon
designer for Office tools into the interface. The Ribbon designer allows an Office
developer to visually design an Office Ribbon (officially called the Office Fluent
user interface) using the well-known drag-and-drop interface, and interact with
the Ribbon using standard .NET code.