Creating Outlook Plug-In Using Visual Studio Tools for Office
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Published: 07 Nov 2008
In this article, Anuj demonstrates the procedures involved with the creation of a plug-in for Microsoft Outlook using Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO). After a brief introduction, he examines the steps with the help of relevant explanation, source code and screenshots. At the end he also provides a short description involved with the deployment of the plug-in with links to useful references.
by Anuj Sahu
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VSTO stands for Visual Studio Tools for Office. It is a free add-on for Visual Studio 2005. The latest version of VSTO 2005 SE (build 8.0.50727.940) can be downloaded from the website of Microsoft. By default, VSTO 3.0 gets installed with all versions of Visual Studio 2008, except Express and Standard editions.

Prior to VSTO, unmanaged Component Object Model (COM) Office applications add-ins were created using VBA or managed Component Object Model (COM) Office applications add-in were created using shared add-ins wizard of Visual Studio.

VSTO provides the flexibility to the developer for developing Microsoft Office 2003/2007 based custom application with some of the great new stunning features which were lacking in VBA/Shared add-in. Some of the features and benefits of using VSTO are:

1.    Design time support

2.    Document level customization for Word and Excel

3.    Application level customization for Outlook

4.    Ease of application deployment and maintenance

5.    Enhanced security feature of VSTO helps and protects User from viruses and malicious code

6.    Full support of features provided by the Microsoft .NET Framework because of Managed code

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Date: 2010-07-17 11:23:16 AM
upload more codes to create a menu in outlook and all

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