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  • Blog Post: Office 2010 SP1 now updates multiple languages in Office 2010 installations

    An update to Service Pack 1 for Office 2010 now enables the service pack to update all language versions within multiple-language installations of Office 2010. Previously, only the English version was updated. For more information, see Office 2010 SP1 Microsoft Update Change for Language Installs .
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft IT deployed Office 2010 to more than 100,000 computers by using Microsoft deployment technologies white paper available

    Microsoft IT has published a white paper about deployment of Office 2010 at Microsoft, How Microsoft IT deployed Office 2010 to more than 100,000 computers by using Microsoft deployment technologies (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=198154). This white paper discusses: Best practices for...
  • Blog Post: Office Compatibility Tools Update 1 Available for Download

    The Office Compatibility Tools Update 1 delivers important fixes to the Office Compatibility tools improving reliability and performance. The update addresses the existing Office Compatibility tools including: Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM), Office Environment Assessment Tool (OEAT), &...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Service Pack Uninstall Tool for Office 2010 is released

    The Microsoft Service Pack Uninstall Tool for Office 2010 is now available. Administrators and advanced users in organizations that have installed Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) can use the tool to return Office 2010 to its pre-SP1 state. The Uninstall Tool enables them to uninstall the service...
  • Blog Post: Having problems uninstalling Office 2010, 2007, or 2003 from the Control Panel? Use the Fix it Tool

    To ensure that your Office 2010 installation works smoothly and efficiently, we recommend that before installing Office 2010, you uninstall any earlier versions of Office that may still reside on your computer. If you find that uninstalling these versions cannot be done effectively from the Control Panel...
  • Blog Post: The Office 2010 KMS host is no longer supported on Windows Small Business Server 2003

    If you are creating an Office 2010 KMS host on Windows Server 2003, be aware that an Office 2010 KMS host is currently supported only on the Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter editions of Windows Server 2003. Office 2010 KMS host on Windows Small Business Server 2003 is not supported. See the following...
  • Blog Post: Volume activation of Office 2013 –frequently asked questions

    If you’ve seen the TechNet article FAQ:Volume activation of Office 2010 , you know that it contains many frequently asked questions about Office 2010 volume activation, including Key Management Services (KMS) and Multiple Activation Key (MAK). The questions in the article apply to Office 2013 volume...
  • Blog Post: How to deploy Office 365 ProPlus from an on-premises web portal

    Learn how to use the Office Deployment Tool and a self-extracting .exe file to enable users to install Office 365 ProPlus from an internal company portal. (Today's post is courtesy of Curtis Sawin, Microsoft consultant focused on Office client deployments.) One of the ways to deploy Office 365...
  • Blog Post: Updated Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run available

    Summary: Learn about the updated Office Deployment Tool for Office 365 Click-to-Run desktop applications. If you are an IT Pro administrator who has signed up for Office 365, you likely already know that you can choose whether to allow users to install Office 365 ProPlus (and Project Pro, Visio Pro...
  • Blog Post: SP1 for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 officially released

    Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 is officially released. SP1 contains new fixes for areas of each product as well as all Cumulative Updates and Public Updates that have already shipped . The fixes are contained in a downloadable spreadsheet that is useful to those testing or evaluating...
  • Blog Post: Why isn’t KMS counting activation requests?

    Learn some techniques to avoid error 0xC004F038 when using KMS to activate Office installations. Key Management Service (KMS) helps you activate multiple Office licenses over your local network, without requiring each computer to connect up to Microsoft for activation. Sometimes, though, KMS can appear...
  • Blog Post: 2007 Office system: Resource Centers for IT administrators

    If you are an IT administrator who manages Office desktops in your organization, you will find consolidated resources in the following 2007 Office Resource Centers: Deployment - Learn about the 2007 Office system changes in Setup architecture, language-neutral design, and customization model, and...
  • Blog Post: Announcing additional details of SP1 for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010

    Today, on the Microsoft Office Updates blog , the Office Division announced additional details of the upcoming release of SP1 for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. SP1 is on track for release at the end of June 2011. All language versions of SP1 will release simultaneously. Initially, SP1 will be offered...
  • Blog Post: Office 2013 Preview App-V packages available (App-V 5.0 Beta)

    Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) makes applications available to users' computers without requiring users to install the applications directly on their computers. A process known as sequencing the application is used to enable applications to run in their own self-contained virtual environments...
  • Blog Post: Windows, iPad and Android - Managing and Using Your Office Assets in a Tablet World (Part 1)

    Hello and welcome to my first blog as a member of the Office IT Pro team. I used to blog quite a bit for the Windows team about fun topics such as imaging , deployment automation , physical-to-virtual OS migration and application compatibility . If you’re wondering what I am doing in Office now…...
  • Blog Post: Updated technical diagrams

    We have updated the following Technical Diagrams for Office 2010 . Click the links below to download the posters that you want. Deployment Options for Microsoft Office 2010 - Updated general graphics and OCT screenshot; updated text in the “Application virtualization” column....
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Support Comes to the User State Migration Tool

    Today Microsoft has released an update bringing Microsoft Office 2010 migration support to User State Migration Tool (USMT) 4.0. USMT 4.0, with the latest update, now supports the following Office migration scenarios: Office Upgrade Scenarios OS Migration Scenarios ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 2010 Deployment Tools Availability

    If you haven’t already, check out the Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering blog post that highlights the four new tools that can help IT Professionals expedite an Office 2010 deployment. Tools covered are: Microsoft Assessment & Planning Toolkit 5.0 (MAP) Office Environment Assessment...
  • Blog Post: Managing Office 365 ProPlus installations: activating, deactivating, and reactivating

    Being able to install and use Office on up to 5 PCs at the same time is one benefit of your organization having an Office 365 subscription with Office 365 ProPlus . For example, a user could have Office installed on the following computers: a desktop computer in her office a laptop that she...
  • Blog Post: Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run

    Click-to-Run is a Microsoft streaming and virtualization technology that significantly reduces the time that is required to download and use Office products. Administrators who have signed up for Office 365 can use the Office Deployment Tool to stage and deploy Click-to-Run Office products from an on...
  • Blog Post: Sequencing Office 2010 for App-V, Part 2 – Preparing the Sequencing Workstation

    Continuing on from Sequencing Office 2010 for App-V, Part 1 , Matt and Jason from 43Tc to share their real world experiences with Office 2010 and App-V and provide guidance on sequencing Office for App-V. In part 2 we look at preparing the sequencing workstation. It is recommended to sequence using...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1 is now available

    This is the newly released version of MDT 2010, a Solution Accelerator for operating system and application deployment. MDT 2010 Update 1 supports Office 2010, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 in addition to Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP. MDT 2010 Update...
  • Blog Post: Sequencing Office 2010 for App-V, Part 4 – Getting it to your users

    Continuing on from Sequencing Office 2010 for App-V, Part 1 , Part 2 and Part 3 , Matt and Jason from 43Tc to share their real world experiences with Office 2010 and App-V and provide guidance on sequencing Office for App-V. In part 4 we look at preparing and distributing your Office 2010 App-V package...
  • Blog Post: The new Office: What are your options, what's changed and what's new?

    In this blog post, our desktop specialist hosts Jeremy Chapman and Yoni Kirsh, walk us through the differences between the Click-to-Run and MSI-based Office versions, the new IT Pro capabilities, and the premise of the new Office including a demo of user based multi-device support. <a title="The...
  • Blog Post: Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) 2010 is released!

    The much-anticipated 2010 version of Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) is now available for download on the Microsoft Download Center . OMPM helps IT Pros discover and assess the compatibility of existing Office documents for conversion from the binary document formats (Office 97-2003: .doc...