Microsoft will have a first ever Office Developer Conference next year 2-4 February at its Redmond, Washington conference centre. Bill Gates is delivering the opening keynote.
Having the meeting makes sense. Office is said to be the most profitable of all Microsoft products (getting the software giant a tidy 40 pct profit margin), but is facing increased challanges from the open source Open Office.
Furthermore, Office is trying more and more to attract a developer community, as Microsoft wants the suite to tie into enterprise applications like ERP and CRM. That of course means getting into the web services alphabet soup of SOAP, XML and the likes. And more importantly, establishing those links between Office and the enterprise application is a lot harder than writing your average macro, which in turn justifies throwing the February code-fest.
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