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  • Question

  • I recently developed an application using VSTO 2003 / VB.NET.  The application has worked in our development environment and I have successfully deployed it on several machines.  However, when I attempted to deploy it to the client’s environment, the application ceased to operate.  The client’s machine has Office 2003 Standard Edition while our development environment has Office 2003 Professional Edition installed.  I have ready several articles and blogs which state that Office Professional Edition or stand-alone Word / Excel is required for VSTO applications to perform properly.  However, I was wondering if there was a re-distributable component that can be installed in conjunction with Office 2003 Standard Edition that would allow this application to function.  If not, are there any other options other than upgrading to Office 2003 Professional?

    Thanks in advance,
    Lorna

    Friday, June 3, 2005 7:55 PM

Answers

  • No, sorry VSTO will only work with the Standalone version or the Professional version.

    As per the information in the link below in order to install VSTO 2005, you must have either Microsoft Office 2003 Professional with Service Pack 1 or a stand-alone version of Microsoft Word 2003 or Microsoft Excel 2003 with Service Pack 1. The same is true for client systems that are to run the VSTO solution.

    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/library/54ds2za4(en-us,vs.80).aspx

    For more information about the functional differences between the editions of Microsoft Office 2003 visit the site below.

    http://www.microsoft.com/office/editions/prodinfo/functionality.mspx

    Paul Stubbs
    Program Manager - VSTO
    http://blogs.msdn.com/pstubbs/

    Saturday, June 4, 2005 11:20 PM

All replies

  • No, sorry VSTO will only work with the Standalone version or the Professional version.

    As per the information in the link below in order to install VSTO 2005, you must have either Microsoft Office 2003 Professional with Service Pack 1 or a stand-alone version of Microsoft Word 2003 or Microsoft Excel 2003 with Service Pack 1. The same is true for client systems that are to run the VSTO solution.

    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/library/54ds2za4(en-us,vs.80).aspx

    For more information about the functional differences between the editions of Microsoft Office 2003 visit the site below.

    http://www.microsoft.com/office/editions/prodinfo/functionality.mspx

    Paul Stubbs
    Program Manager - VSTO
    http://blogs.msdn.com/pstubbs/

    Saturday, June 4, 2005 11:20 PM
  • I'm not sure I understand what's meant by "The same is true for client systems that are to run the VSTO solution."

    In the solution I am considering, I'd like to have a VSTO app generate Excel files on a web server. In such a scenario my understanding is that the web server(s) would have to have Office Pro or the listed Office Products installed, but not the client machines that simply need to access the files. Correct?

    Chip James

    Saturday, February 4, 2006 11:40 AM
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    Hi,

     

    Even I am facing the same issue, most of the targeted end users are have the Standard edition of Office 2003 suite of products installed on their machines.

    Going by what you are saying we might have to make Office 2003 Professional edition as a pre-requisite

     

    Somebody please suggest an alternative to this approach.

     

    - Hiren

    Friday, August 10, 2007 12:01 PM
  • Your alternatives are

     

    1. Don't use VSTO.

     

    2. Upgrade to Office 2007 and use VSTO 2008 ("Orcas") instead of Office 2003 and VSTO 2005. VSTO 2008 will work with all "editions" of Office 2007.

     

    Friday, August 10, 2007 2:57 PM