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Microsoft Office development platform ups and downs

Attendees at the Microsoft 2008 Office System Developer Conference this week are leveraging development capabilities in Office System, but cite issues such as getting used to the new ribbon-based Fluent UI in the 2007 Office release.

A sampling of attendees at the San Jose, Calif., event revealed mostly satisfaction with Office System. Most were Microsoft business partners developing applications for Microsoft‘s SharePoint platform for collaboration and business processes.

“I bought into it. I’m drinking the Kool-Aid,” said Jeff Modzel, technical architect for SunGard Higher Education.

“Our customers are colleges and universities and their constituents, which are students. Kids very much want collaborative environments for their classes. SharePoint’s an easy solution to that problem,” Modzel said.

He described Office System as an “excellent” development platform, although he noted difficulties in writing an Excel 2007 add-in prior to getting the newly released Visual Studio 2008 platform.

The new ribbon-based Fluent UI in the Office package takes some getting used to, Modzel said. “The first handful of times I used it, I did not like it, and the more I used it, the more I liked it,” he said.

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