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  • Blog Post: Updated ORK article: Changes in Word 2007

    The article Changes in Word 2007 has been updated and republished on TechNet. It lists what's new, changed, and removed in Microsoft Office Word 2007 from Microsoft Office 2003. If you are planning a migration to Word 2007, you’ll also find our ORK article Migration considerations for Word 2007 useful...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 and Windows Vista: Better Together

    Office 2007 takes advantage of many of the new features in Windows Vista that are not available in Windows XP. These features include improved search, preview, and responsiveness enhancements that allow users to be even more productive when working with Office 2007 documents. Improved search experience...
  • Blog Post: How do you plan your desktop deployments?

    The Office Resource Kit team is taking a hard look at what planning content to provide and how to organize it. We're looking for feedback on what resources you'd want to plan an Office deployment. Would you want prescriptive best practices to plan your deployment? Would you want job aids like...
  • Blog Post: The updates list for Office 2007 Service Pack 3 is now available

    The Office Sustained Engineering team has released the list of updates that are included in Office 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3). Office 2007 SP3, which was released in October 2011, includes a roll-up of all Public Update (PU) and Cumulative Update (CU) releases since Office 2007 SP2, as well as stability...
  • Blog Post: Cumulative update packages available for the 2007 Microsoft Office core suite applications and 2007 Microsoft Office servers: December, 2008

    The following cumulative update was released on December 16, 2008. For more information, see Cumulative update packages for the 2007 Microsoft Office core suite applications and for 2007 Microsoft Office servers: December 16, 2008 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/960709). For more information about...
  • Blog Post: You want MOICE with that?

    That's pronounced MO-ICE. It stands for Microsoft Office Isolated Conversion Environment, and yes, you should have it. What MOICE does and why you need it MOICE uses the converters in the 2007 Office release to convert Microsoft Office binary format files (used in Office 2003 and earlier) into...
  • 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: Where is the 2007 Office Resource Kit anyway?

    The short answer is: There isn't one, exactly. Now for the long answer.... Many of the tools that were in the 2003 Office Resource Kit have been incorporated into the 2007 Office system. We made other tools freely available in the Microsoft Office Download Center . All of our documentation is...
  • Blog Post: New ORK article: Automatically configure Office Outlook 2007 user accounts

    You can find our new ORK article here: Automatically configure Office Outlook 2007 user accounts . Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 includes the ability to automatically configure user accounts. Office Outlook 2007 uses one of two discovery mechanisms to automatically configure accounts: AutoDiscover and...
  • Blog Post: 2007 Office ribbon and toolbar learning resources

    The Office team has just launched the Office 2007 ribbon and toolbar portal (http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products/FX102774021033.aspx) to help users discover the learning resources and tools available for the ribbon and toolbar. The portal highlights features in an easy-to-scan format by products...
  • Blog Post: Yes, Office 2007 SP2 is supported on Win XP SP2 too

    The system requirements on the download page for the 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 2 (SP2) lists Windows XP Service Pack 3...but that's because that is the latest and greatest for Windows XP. Windows XP SP2 supports Office 2007 SP2. Just note that MS support for SP2 of Win XP ends Jul 13 2010...
  • 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: Office File Validation for Office 2003 and Office 2007

    Office File Validation, a Microsoft Office 2010 security feature, is now available for both Office 2003 and Office 2007. We strongly recommend that Office File Validation be applied to all computers that use Office 2003 and Office 2007. However, Office File Validation, in combination with Protected View...
  • Blog Post: ORK 2007 books now on Amazon

    Do you ever wish you could order up content from the Office Resource Kit in a professionally bound format? Well now you can! Our downloadable books for Office 2007 deployment and administration are now also available on Amazon.com. Find them, along with other great books about Office, in the Office...
  • 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: How to determine which 2007 Office system languages are installed

    If you need to determine the version of the installed 2007 Office language packs you can use one of the following methods. Control Panel To determine the version of the installed language pack in Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008: 1. Click Start , and then click Control Panel...
  • Blog Post: Configure a silent install of the 2007 Office system with Config.xml

    The Config.xml file is used to configure installation tasks and is used only while running Setup; it is not installed or cached on users' computers. You can edit the Config.xml file to customize the installation. By default, the Config.xml file that is stored in the core product folders ( core_product_folder_name...
  • Blog Post: October 2012 Cumulative Updates for Office and related products are now available

    You can now get the October 2012 Cumulative Updates (CUs) packages for Office 2010 , and the 2007 Office system . The CUs also include Office servers and SharePoint products. In these knowledge base articles, you’ll find links for the individual update packages and their descriptions. In addition, there...
  • Blog Post: Personal Archive with Outlook 2007 + Exchange 2010

    As you may have heard/read, Exchange 2010 Personal Archive support is now available in Outlook 2007 as part of the Office 2007 Cumulative Update for February 2011 . The Microsoft Exchange Team Blog post Yes Virginia, there is Exchange 2010 archive support in Outlook 2007 covers how Personal Archive works...
  • Blog Post: Issues with the recent update for Outlook 2007

    On Tuesday, December 14, we released an update (KB2412171) for Microsoft Outlook 2007. We have discovered several issues with the update and want to inform you about problems you might encounter and what corrective steps we recommend. As of December 16, this Outlook 2007 update has been removed from...
  • Blog Post: Customize the 2007 Office system to work with a non-Microsoft e-mail application

    On the off chance that you are considering deploying the 2007 Microsoft Office system to work with a non-Microsoft e-mail application, you’ll want to check out a brand new article that will (hopefully) be published the end of next week: Customize the 2007 Office system to work with a non-Microsoft e...
  • Blog Post: August 2012 Cumulative Update for Office is now available

    You can now get the August 2012 Cumulative Updates (CUs) packages for Office 2010 , the 2007 Office system , and Project Server 2010 (released September 14, 2012). The CUs also include Office servers and SharePoint products. In these overall knowledge base articles, you’ll find links for the individual...
  • Blog Post: Register Office 2007 file format MIME types on servers

    In order for servers to recognize the new file formats in the 2007 Office system, you will need to register the Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) types for each new file type. If the MIME types are not registered, servers will detect the new file formats as ZIP archives. MIME types are automatically...
  • Blog Post: Service Pack 3 for Office 2007 and SharePoint 2007 target date announced

    The Office Sustained Engineering team has announced the third Service Pack release for Office 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007. They are targeting a release date within calendar Q4 2011. As the release date approaches, we will share more about the exact timing. For more information, see the announcement...
  • Blog Post: Security updates for November 2009

    On Tuesday, November 10 th , 2009, Microsoft released security updates for Microsoft Office products to address 11 security vulnerabilities in two security bulletins. The security updates apply to the following Office products: · Microsoft Office Excel 2002 , Excel 2003 , Excel 2007 , Excel Viewer...