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‘Word Automation’ and ‘Word Automation Services’ are two developer building blocks that have similar names, and have overlapping functionality, but are very different pieces of technology. I received some email about the post Understanding the Three Approaches to Office Development using VSTO where readers were confused about this, so here is the scoop.

This post is one in a series on Microsoft Office 2010 application development. These posts will be published in the future as part of an MSDN article. As usual, after the MSDN article is published, I’ll place pointers in the blog posts to the article on MSDN.

Key features:

  • Office/SharePoint Building Blocks and Developer Stories.
  • Overview of Office 2010 Application Development.
  • Office Application Scenarios.
  • Understanding the Three Approaches to Office Development using VSTO.
  • What is the Difference between ‘Word Automation’ and ‘Word Automation Services’?.
  • Understanding the Architecture of Office 2010 Managed Add-Ins and Customizations.
  • Understanding the Difference between Custom Task Panes and Action Panes.
  • Microsoft Word 2010 Developer Building Blocks.
  • Comparing Excel Automation to Excel Services.