I have a Silverlight 5 application that utilizes some MS Office features (opening documents, spreadsheets, sending email via Outlook, etc).
The implementation requires that MS Office 2007 or higher be installed on the IIS server. Understandably, some of my clients' IT departments are balking at installing Office on the server.
Is there any alternative?
When I search for "DCOM alternatives" I see discussions about using Web Services instead. I don't know if that's reasonable in this situation or not. We are already utilizing web services in my application for other things. I'm not the developer on this project, just the project manager, so I don't know the details of the implementation.
What I need to know is if there is some remedy / alternative that will be acceptable to IT, as well as provide the features to users (the ability to work with documents and send email from the browser app without Office being installed on the server).
We are already requiring that the application have elevated permissions, which is not an issue.