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  • Blog Post: New Telemetry Dashboard video and article on TechNet

    If you've never seen Telemetry Dashboard in action, check out our new video, Quick tips for Telemetry Dashboard navigation . These tips help you start the dashboard, hide and show data, and quickly go back to a previous worksheet. If you're still in the process of evaluating Telemetry Dashboard, be...
  • 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: Introducing Office Telemetry in the new Office

    This post is written by Makoto Yamagishi, a Program Manager with the Office Solutions Management team On July 16th 2012, we unveiled the next version of Office. One of the powerful features for IT Pros in the new Office is Office Telemetry, which we built to make IT Pros’ Office upgrade experience...
  • Blog Post: System requirements for Office 2013 Preview

    You are itching to give the new Office a spin and we don’t blame you! It’s everything you’ve grown fond of plus many cool new features all rolled up in a beautiful package of apps that play so well together. Before you jump in, take a minute to make sure your system will be able to...
  • Blog Post: Office 2013 Preview training content available

    The Office team has created lots of great training content to help users learn about the new features in Office Customer Preview and Office 365. Content URL Self-paced Office training http://officepreview.microsoft.com/en-us/support/training-FX101782702...
  • Blog Post: Quickly set up Office Telemetry Dashboard on a workgroup or domain-joined computer

    This blog post was written by Junko Kyomasu, a Program Manager in the Office Solutions Management team Office Telemetry Dashboard is a new, powerful tool to manage Office documents and add-ins in your organization. It enables a better upgrade experience from your existing Office to Office 2013. We’re...
  • 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: Using Click-to-Run to install the new Office

    How long does it take to install Office 2010? Well, first you need to find the Office 2010 software and start running Setup. Then you have to wait until Setup is completely finished. After Setup is finished, you need to download and apply updates or service packs. So you have to wait some more. All this...
  • Blog Post: Using Office Telemetry Dashboard to understand what documents are important in your organization

    This post is written by Makoto Yamagishi, a Program Manager with the Office Solutions Management team In our last blog post , we introduced the recommended Office compatibility process and the Office Telemetry Dashboard. A key part of the process is understanding which documents and solutions are...
  • Blog Post: Assess the status of your Office 2013 deployment in 1 minute using Telemetry Dashboard

    This post is written by Makoto Yamagishi, a Program Manager with the Office Solutions Management team In this series of blog posts , we have introduced how you can use Office Telemetry Dashboard to facilitate your Office upgrade by identifying important Office solutions and monitoring how well your...
  • Blog Post: Get Outlook 2013 RT with Windows RT 8.1

    Windows RT 8.1 has been available in the Windows Store for a couple of weeks now. If your users are still running Windows RT 8.1 Preview, be sure to get the word out that they should install the final version of Windows RT 8.1 before January 2014, when the license for the preview expires. They should...
  • 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: Recent IT Pro questions about Office Telemetry

    This post describes recent IT Pro questions about Office Telemetry, such as how the agents are licensed, installing agents on Windows XP and Windows Vista, and more. It’s been rewarding to see an increase in Office Telemetry questions come in through forums and internal discussion groups. More...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Telemetry Dashboard Administration Tool, Tdadm.exe, and two new TechNet articles about Telemetry Dashboard

    Learn about the new Telemetry Dashboard Administration Tool (Tdadm.exe) and two new TechNet articles about Telemetry Dashboard. We are pleased to announce that the Telemetry Dashboard Administration Tool (Tdadm.exe) is now available in the Microsoft Download Center. You can use this tool to: ...
  • Blog Post: Now you can reset or remove a password from a Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file—with Office 2013!

    This post describes how to use the new DocRecrypt tool and your company public and private key to unlock password-protected Office 2010 or Office 2013 Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files. Password protected files with lost or forgotten passwords have plagued IT admins since the password feature was first...
  • Blog Post: What’s new for IT Pros in the new Office release?

    We hope you’ve had a chance to try out the Consumer Preview release of the new Office, which has lots of new features and improvements to help you more easily manage your Office installations. You can find these features and improvements in What's new for IT professionals . The article summarizes...
  • Blog Post: Sample Office documents for testing Office telemetry

    Hi again everyone. We hope you've had a chance to use the new telemetry features in Office 2013 . One easy way to see the power of Office telemetry is to open some legacy Office files in Office 2013. To help you out, we've created some samples files (attached to this blog in a .zip file) that contain...
  • Blog Post: Deploy Telemetry Agent by using System Center Configuration Manager

    This blog post was written by Shinobu Furuma, a Program Manager on the Office Solutions Management team. In our last blog post, we introduced how to Quickly set up Office Telemetry Dashboard on a workgroup or domain-joined computer . In this post, we’d like to explain how you can deploy Telemetry...
  • Blog Post: Introducing content roadmaps for Office IT Pros

    The Office Resource Kit team is rolling out a series of content roadmaps for subject areas like Office 2013 deployment and compatibility. We designed these roadmaps with several goals in mind: Give context and order to the articles so that you know what to read, when, and why. Act as a central...
  • Blog Post: Which versions of Office are supported on Windows 8 and on Surface with Windows RT?

    Window 8 With the recent launch of Windows 8, you might be asking "Which versions of Office can I deploy to Windows 8 computers?" Well, the following versions of Office are supported on Windows 8 (and on Windows Server 2012, too): Office 2013 Office 2010 Office 2007 If you are considering...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Telemetry Log in Office 2013

    This post is written by David Matsumoto, a Program Manager with the Office Solutions Management team In our recent blog posts, we’ve been talking about the Office Telemetry features that are new for Office 2013. You may have read a few blog posts that discussed Telemetry Dashboard in greater...
  • Blog Post: Let's manage add-ins using Telemetry Dashboard

    This blog post was written by Nobuko Miwa, a Program Manager in the Office Solutions Management team HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO MANAGE ADD-INS FOR OFFICE? If you are an IT pro who manages application use, you might want to manage add-ins for Office as well. If you can prevent end users from running non...
  • Blog Post: Office 2013 Preview Administrative Templates and Office Customization Tool download available

    The Office 2013 Preview release includes Administrative Templates (ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool (OCT) files which administrators can download here: Office 2013 Preview Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool . Included in this download is an Excel spreadsheet...
  • Blog Post: Download the new Microsoft Visio Viewer

    In case you missed the announcement, the Visio team has announced the availability of the Microsoft Visio Viewer on their blog .The Microsoft Visio Viewer is a free download that lets your users view Visio drawings without having Visio installed on their computer. This download is also useful for users...
  • Blog Post: Still using OMPM? Give Office Telemetry Dashboard a try!

    Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) continues to be a popular tool with our Office IT Pro customers. We still get comments and questions about it from our blog readers and even from our own Microsoft consultants. Our frequent guest blogger and compatibility guru, Curtis Sawin, has been working tirelessly...