Posted by: kurtsh | November 25, 2009

INFO: More on the forthcoming “Word Automation Services” for Sharepoint 2010

image Our Sharepoint Technology Specialist, David Gorgone, collected some additional information about the aforementioned “Word Automation Services”. 

Word Automation Services, if you recall, is a service that runs on Windows Server 2008 R2 in tandem with Sharepoint Server 2010 that is designed to populate template Word documents with content for specific fields like name, address, etc.  It then outputs the document in a format like Adobe Acrobat/PDF.

Here’s what David had to say:

There is a bunch of new information released and publically available on Word Automation Services. 

To get started, I would check out this presentation (Video and PowerPoint slides) from the PDC on Word automation:

There is a streaming video of the presentation, a link to the slides, and his code.  He actually shows code to convert a DOCX to PDF.  This blog also has some good general information on Word automation and using the Open XML SDK.

On MSDN, we have released a whole section on Word Automation Services.  This includes articles, getting started, sample code, and details the object model:

And finally, the beta of SharePoint 2010 is now available for download here:


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