Microsoft Extends Office XP Capabilities with Smart Tag Toolkit
- By Scott Bekker
Microsoft today announced a new toolkit that expands the
capabilities of Office XP through the use of smart tags.
Smart Tag Software Development Kit (Smart Tag SDK), which is free and immediately
available, is designed to provide developers with tools to build smart tags in
Smart tags enable dynamic recognition of content, allowing
users to quickly access and analyze information. By using the Smart Tag SDK,
users will now be able to design specific smart tags that will integrate Office
XP with Web applications and enterprise data sources, enabling developers to
create solutions that lower deployment costs and improve business agility.
To help developers build the tags, the toolkit includes a
tutorial, programmer’s guide, ASP reference, and sample code.
In other Office XP news, a Microsoft
spokesperson did not confirm or deny reports that Office XP RC-1 shipped last
week. “While there has been much speculation concerning the timing of Office
XP, Microsoft is not prepared to comment on any reports at this time,” says the
spokesperson. “However, I can assure you that Office XP is on schedule to ship
in late spring of this year.” – Jim
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.