Office Add-in Manifest Updates – Deployment timing and potential URL issues

One of the critical components of an Office Add-in is the add-in manifest. This is the xml file that describes how your add-in should be activated when an end user installs and uses it with Office documents and applications. This manifest contains references to URLs where your web application resides and also to other resources... Continue Reading →

Want to know which of your leads/customers are using Office 365? Try the MX Lookup Excel Add-in

Have you got a list of leads, potential customers, or existing database of people and want to identify or target those that are using Office 365? I can think of one or two scenarios where this would be handy! Microsoft have a free modern Excel Add-in called "MX Lookup" (available in the Office Store) that takes... Continue Reading →

5 reasons why email is still king for business communication

The last few years have seen an explosion in the number of tools available for us to communicate not only at a consumer level, but also in the context of our workplace both internally within companies and externally between companies. I primarily work with Microsoft technologies, but even within that small sphere the options are... Continue Reading →

Microsoft MVP Award 2018-2019 Office Development

Excited, proud, honoured, humbled, grateful, stupidly happy.... all emotions that hit me simultaneously as I opened the email that gave me the news that I had been presented the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for my work in Office Development. I've been incredibly fortunate to work with some really awesome people both in the... Continue Reading →

Newcastle Coders Group talk on Transitioning to Modern Office Add-in Development November 2017

I had a great time on my first visit to the Newcastle Coders Group this week. It was nice to meet some passionate developers and hear what people are up to outside of my usual Microsoft sphere. Thanks for having me talk about modern Office add-in development. Here’s the slide deck from the evenings talk.... Continue Reading →

Sydney SharePoint User Group – The Transition to Modern Office Add-in Development

I had the pleasure this week of speaking at the Sydney SharePoint User Group on the topic of transitioning to the modern Office Add-in development model. We discussed: The existing COM/VSTO Office Add-in development model The reasons and drivers for needing a new development model What the modern Office Add-in development is and how it... Continue Reading →

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