Microsoft Visual Studio
What is Microsoft Visual Studio?
The Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) is a set of development tools and a runtime, a set of which is usually called an SDK, or software development kit. The VSTO allows developers to develop and write programs and add-ons for the Microsoft Office line, starting from the Microsoft Office 2003 line-up and later. Visual Studio Tools for Office is so-called because it uses Visual Basic and Visual C++. The way this works is that this can let you, a developer, take advantage of the extensibility of the Microsoft .NET Framework with VSTO’s capabilities to augment Microsoft Office applications and create custom Office solutions. Not only this, but because of its interoperability with the Microsoft .NET Framework system, a VSTO engineer can not only create Microsoft Office extensions that enhance the Office applications or provide new capabilities, but also to use certain Office interface constructs in other .NET applications. For example, using VSTO, a developer can, in effect, import the formula and math capabilities of Microsoft Excel to a program he’s currently writing using the .NET Framework.
The Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Office is free and redistributable and requires at least Microsoft .NET Framework version 2 installed.
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