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  • Blog Post: Who moved my Garage?

    Season 2 of the Garage series with host Jeremy Chapman is now on the new Office 365 Technology blog . Looking for the latest new Office Garage Series post? The scope of the show has expanded for season 2. And with that, you can now find the show on the new Office 365 Technology blog . As always, you...
  • 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: 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: TechEd North America 2013 wrap up: Part 2

    Get answers to the most frequently asked Office 365 questions that the Office writers heard at TechEd North America 2013. In our previous post TechEd North America 2013 wrap up: Part 1 , we recommended some sessions you should watch online if you missed them in person, and we provided links to the...
  • Blog Post: Office Professional Plus for Office 365 Beta available

    Today, Microsoft announced availability of the Office 365 Public Beta. Office 365 combines the Microsoft Office Professional Plus client suite with cloud versions of the following products and services: Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, and Microsoft Lync Online. The Office Professional...
  • Blog Post: Join us at TechEd North America 2013 in New Orleans

    We have a crew of nine members from Office Content Publishing who will be attending TechEd North America 2013 in New Orleans next week, and we are excited and looking forward to networking with the community of TechEd attendees! We are the writers and PMs who produce the deep technical documentation...
  • 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: Office 365 Security

    Microsoft Office 365 provides enterprise-grade security for businesses of all sizes. To learn more about the security practices and technologies in Office 365 see the following articles available on the Microsoft Download Center. For an overview of security in Office 365 download the following article...
  • 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: Announcing the release of Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.0. - with new Office 365 readiness assessment features

    The latest release from the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) team provides organizations with tools to simplify public and private cloud migration planning. Office administrators will be interested in new Office 365 readiness assessment features--here's the scoop: Assess client environments...
  • Blog Post: TechEd North America 2012: Office client deployment and Office 365 sessions

    The TechEd North America 2012 conference , held June 11 - June 14 in Orlando, Florida, included several presentations on Office deployment and Office 365 that may be of interest to IT Pros. Learn about office deployment tools and methods, compatibility assessment and remediation, supporting Office, Office...
  • Blog Post: An invitation to upcoming Ignite events

    Our friends over at the Office 365 Technical Blog have announced that the Exchange Online Protection team is adding extra sessions to the upcoming Ignite event in San Diego. According to the blog: "These sessions will equip you with the knowledge you need to migrate from Postini and similar email...
  • Blog Post: Windows, iPad and Android - Managing and Using Your Office Assets in a Tablet World (Part 6) – Building Solutions for Remote Access to Windows Environments

    Welcome to the sixth and final part in the series about managing your Office assets in a world of tablet computing. In part one I mainly introduced the primary ways to consume Office with rich clients, remote rich clients, Office for Mac, Web Apps and Office on the phone. In part two I talked about consuming...
  • 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: Working exclusively with Office Web Apps - one small business customer's experiment

    One of our colleagues on the Get to the Point SharePoint blog recently wrote about working with a small business customer who, in the process of migrating to Office 365, experimented with using Office exclusively in the cloud (using OWA and Web Apps) and later using a combination of Office web-based...
  • Blog Post: Temporary removal of Lync connectivity with Windows Live Messenger in Office 365 for professionals and small businesses

    As of this week, Lync connectivity with Windows Live Messenger in Office 365 for professionals and small businesses (Plan P) is temporarily removed. During this temporary period, customers who use Lync with Office 365 for professionals and small businesses will not be able to use Messenger to see presence...
  • Blog Post: New poster and content roadmaps about Office identity, authentication, authorization, and security

    We're pleased to announce the publication of some new security-related deployment content on TechNet, including a poster and two Content Roadmaps for IT professionals. Poster: Identity and Authentication in the cloud: Office 2013 and Office 365 This poster helps explain identity and authentication...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 is now available worldwide

    Today, Steve Ballmer announced the worldwide availability of Office 365, which brings together Office, SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync in an always-up-to-date cloud service. For more information, see the Office 365 page in the Microsoft News Center .
  • Blog Post: Frequently asked questions about Office 365 ProPlus

    We've had some questions about running Office 365 ProPlus, including application data storage, and scalability and deployment. This blog addresses those questions. Do I need Internet connectivity to run Office 365 ProPlus applications? You can install and run Office 365 ProPlus with or without...
  • Blog Post: New Security Features in Office 2013 Preview

    There is something security related for everyone in the new Office 2013 Preview. Simple sign gives users easy access to cloud content from within in Office. Users can create a profile, sign in one time, and then seamlessly work on and access local and cloud Office files without re-identifying themselves...