MS Office 2010 add-ins RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,
    What do I need to develop an add-ins for MS Office 2010(beta)? What version of visual studio should I use? 2005? 2008? how about the runtime?

    Thank you.
    Wednesday, February 10, 2010 2:27 AM


All replies

  • You should install Visual Studio 2010. The RC (Release Candidate) was announced today and will be available for download publicly very soon as MSDN subscribers already have access (http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/products/2010/default.mspx). If you cant wait for RC then download Beta2 from here.

    Visual Studio 2010 comes with the VSTO 2010 Runtime and can be donwloaded independently from here.
    • Marked as answer by Bessie Zhao Thursday, February 11, 2010 8:12 AM
    Wednesday, February 10, 2010 2:38 AM
  • Thank you Aaron for the reply.

    In other word, it's not possible to develop add-ins for Office 2010 with vs2005/2008 ide.

    Is it ok to develop add-ins (for end user) with the RC version of vs2010?
    Wednesday, February 10, 2010 3:49 AM
  • I have actually developed very simple customizations in Visual Studio 2008 targeting Office 2007 that do indeed work against Office 2010 (I'm pretty sure most customizations should work fine in Office 2010 that initially targeted Office 2007). I haven't actually tried Visual Studio 2005. If you have Visual Studio 2008 why don't you try creating your customization and seeing if it runs in Office 2010. If you need to debug it from the IDE follow the steps at the bottom of this blog entry that explain how to set the startup program: http://blogs.msdn.com/vsto/archive/2010/02/02/add-a-custom-task-pane-to-project-2010-norm-estabrook.aspx

    Wednesday, February 10, 2010 3:59 AM
  • I'm still using visual studio 2005 (used as environment to develop add-ins for MS Office 2007). I haven't tried Visual Studio 2008 though (and vstor 3.0, which requires .net 3.5).

    Anyway, Thanks for the info sharing. I'll give a try first.
    Wednesday, February 10, 2010 9:34 AM