We started this chapter with a brief introduction to VSTO, and you discovered why you might choose to create an Office solution using VSTO versus using VBA. Next, we looked at the features of VSTO, including the extended Office objects in Word and Excel, support for Windows Forms controls on documents, and support for creating Outlook add-ins. We also described features such as caching data, creating smart tags, and customizing task panes.

Next, we took a closer look at the VSTO project system for creating VSTO solutions in Visual Studio. You learned about VSTO's support for document-level and application-level customizations and reviewed the available VSTO project templates. You learned how VSTO integrates with Visual Studio, with the Word or Excel application being hosted inside Visual Studio. Finally, you learned about the add-ins you can create with VSTO 2005 SE.

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