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Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 include a new set of components called Application Services. These put a rich set of tools in a developer's bag for Office automation. We'll show you how to use Office OpenXML, Word Automation Services and SharePoint to build a simple application that merges separate status reports into a single document.
Manvir Singh, Ankush Bhatia
MSDN Magazine July 2010
Subject is the question.
My requirements are to "maintain existing functionality with current version of a windows service running on Server 2003 and automating Word through COM." I.E. All the stuff that breaks when you upgrade the OS to Server 2008.
My customer has already rejected several third party alternatives as "not being accurate enough" The rendered PDF doesn't match what comes out of Word when compared with an electron microscope.
So now I'm investigating using Word Automation Services and Sharepoint 2010. Got my development server functional with Sharepoint 2010 and Visual Studio 2010. But my first attempts at creating rendering jobs is failing with an "ArgumentNullException"
in deep inside a method I'm 100.0% sure I'm NOT passing any NULL's to.
My VM is low on space so I figure I'd save time by asking for a conclusive answer before I make room / install Office.