Microsoft to Release Three Office SDKs

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The kits provide a complete platform API reference and also give technical guidance and sample code to help developers create Office business applications.

Microsoft is releasing software development kits for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, and the Microsoft Office Project 2007 platform on Jan. 23.

The kits, which provide a complete platform API reference, also give technical guidance and sample code to help developers create Office business applications, a Microsoft spokesperson told eWEEK.

These solutions allow employees to use their productivity applications like Office to access information they need from their organizations' back-end systems.

The software development kits are in addition to the materials Microsoft has posted for developers about the Office system on MSDN, the spokesperson said.

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Microsoft has also created two new Wikis on MSDN, one for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and the other for SharePoint Server 2007, to encourage developers to chat with others who are using the technologies and share best practices.

The Redmond, Wash., software company has also finally decided on the official name for the new ribbon-based user interface in Office: the Microsoft Office Fluent user interface.

The UI is available to developers under a royalty-free license to encourage them to build applications that have the look and feel of the new 2007 Office applications, the spokesperson said.

Microsoft also plans to launch a new Groove-focused portal on MSDN later this quarter, while a series of free scenario-based Groove forms, known as Application Templates for Groove 2007, will also be made available on Office Online over the next few months.

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These forms will include sample code that developers can customize for organizations.

The scenarios include tools to identify open issues and critical tasks, keep track of contacts, review documents, create status reports, track billable time and assets, as well as manage bids and proposals, the spokesperson said.

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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

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