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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: The RTM version of the Office Environment Assessment Tool (OEAT) is now available!

    The Office team is excited to announce the final release of the Office Environment Assessment Tool (OEAT). OEAT is a free tool that scans client computers for add-ins and applications that interact with Office 97, Office 2000, Office XP, Office 2003, the 2007 Office system, and Office 2010. The tool...
  • 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: Tips for estimating OMPM scanning times

    A common question among OMPM customers is “How do I estimate how long OMPM will take to run?” Though we don’t have a simple calculation to provide, we do have some tips to share from consultants and customers. First, we’d like to share some customer advice from M. Nothnagel...
  • Blog Post: The Mathematics of Office Compatibility

    Back in July, one of our Office compatibility gurus, Chris Jackson, posted a very enlightening article about the mathematics of Office compatibility. You don’t have to be a math person to appreciate the down-to-Earth advice that Chris gives about topics such as creating inventories, researching...
  • Blog Post: Using OMPM to assess macros? Check out this fix to repair links in the Macro Summary tab

    Update : This issue has been fixed as of August 2011 in Update 1 of OMPM. See our recent blog post for more information. Today's post is brought to you by Curtis Sawin, a Senior Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services. Recently, we discovered a small bug in the Office Migration Planning...
  • Blog Post: Fuzz Testing in Office

    We’ve made a few changes in how we develop and test our productivity software that resulted in Office 2010 becoming the most secure version of Microsoft Office yet. In addition to designing Office with potential threats in mind, reviewing programming code for security flaws, and performing penetration...
  • 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: Office 2010 Service Pack 1 is coming soon!

    Office 2010 SP1, along with SharePoint 2010 SP1, will be available mid-summer 2011. For the latest details and how you can stay connected with the release updates, see Office 2010 Service Pack 1 is Almost Here .
  • Blog Post: Differences in how OMPM and OCCI generate macro counts

    Update : This issue has been fixed as of August 2011 in Update 1 of OMPM. See our recent blog post for more information. One of our field consultants, Curtis Sawin, discovered a discrepancy in the macro counts displayed by Office 2010 Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) and Office 2010 Code Compatibility...
  • Blog Post: New forum for Office 2010 volume activation

    Since the November 18 launch of the Microsoft Office 2010 public beta, many of you have installed and activated the Volume License version of Office 2010. The volume activation process is evolving with each new version of Office; to provide answers to issues and questions, there is now a public forum...
  • Blog Post: Using OMPM Part 2 – Performing Bulk Conversion

    Brought to you by our compatibility guru Curtis Sawin. Still using OMPM? Give Office Telemetry Dashboard a try! Overview In Part 1 of this series, we discussed how to use OMPM to identify “conversion candidates,” which are documents that pose virtually no compatibility risks when...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 2010 Security Baseline released and now available for download

    The Security Solution Accelerators team recently announced the release of the new Office 2010 Security Baseline that can be used with the Security Compliance Manager tool! New users can access the Office 2010 Security Baseline by visiting the Microsoft Download Center to download the Security Compliance...
  • 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: Office 2010 64-bit editions

    Processors that are 64-bit are quickly becoming the standard for systems ranging from servers to desktop computers. The 64-bit systems can use more virtual and physical memory than 32-bit processors. This allows users to work with much larger data sets than they could previously, to analyze and solve...
  • Blog Post: You asked… We answered… PowerPoint Templates

    You asked… We answered… PowerPoint Templates We heard it at TechEd this year, “ Do you have a slide deck that we can use to show my company the cool features and benefits of Office 2010 , specifically PowerPoint ?” We do have templates you can customize. But if you are...
  • Blog Post: You asked, We answered..."Localization"

    The ORK Team has been writing the content for TechNet for quite some time now, and it came our way through the usual channels, that people were wondering how does our content get into the hands of those, that English is not the first language. Do we localize our content, and if we do, how is that...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 64-bit versus 32-bit install?

    We posted earlier about the availability of 64-bit editions of Office 2010 . If you are wondering about which edition of Office 2010 to install, the recommendations are as follows: If users in your organization depend on existing extensions to Office, such as ActiveX controls, third...
  • Blog Post: Understanding potentially impactful changes in the Office 2010 object model

    Brought to you by our compatibility expert Curtis Sawin One of the challenges of migrating to Office 2010 is assessing the impact of object model changes in Office applications. IT Pros and developers fear that macros built using a previous version of Excel (for example) may not work in Excel 2010...
  • 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: Hot off the presses! Group Policy for Office 2010 downloadable book

    Just in time for some weekend reading, we’ve assembled all of our Office 2010 Group Policy content and packaged it into doc, .pdf, and .xps files. It’s 240 pages of Group Policy goodness. Download a copy today!
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Client Security Enhancements

    Microsoft Office 2010 includes new security enhancements, such as Office File Validation and Protected View, to help protect your organization’s data. To learn more about these and other security enhancements, watch the Advances in Microsoft Office Client Security: Keeping Enterprise Data Safe...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 public beta announcement

    Here is the official word folks! Today, Microsoft is releasing the public beta of Office 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, Visio 2010, Project 2010, and Office Web Apps for business customers. Millions of people can download the beta at www.microsoft.com/2010 (or from TechNet: http://go.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: The Excel 2010 Resources page is live!

    Posting for Ben Aguiluz - The Excel 2010 Resources page provides links to crucial Excel 2010 information for the IT Pro. These include articles, videos, whitepapers, blogs, and forums about Excel 2010 feature changes, migration, performance, Excel Services, and much more! Take a look and let us...