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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 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: 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 Resource Kit Newly Published Content - January 2009

    The above was created with Popfly , where you can create your own mashups and games. You can view a non-moving version of our newly-published content here .
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Update to article: Add or remove languages after deploying the 2007 Office system

    An update to the ORK article "Add or remove languages after deploying the 2007 Office system" will be published March 5th. In the meantime, what follows is a preview of the changes. Why the change? Adding a language by modifying an existing Office 2007 installation is no longer recommended - and that...
  • 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: Deploying multiple languages for Office 2007

    Office 2007 has a new, simplified design for deploying multiple languages. In Office 2007, elements that apply to all languages are grouped into one core package (MSI file). Language-specific elements are in other packages, one per application (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook). This allows all language versions...
  • 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: Office 2010 Beta Resource Kit Technical Library available in Compiled Help format

    The Office 2010 Beta Resource Kit library is now available as a downloadable compiled Help (.chm) file. To download this file, see Office 2010 Beta Resource Kit Technical Library in Compiled Help format ( http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=183468 ). Resources · Office 2010 Beta Resource...
  • 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: Deploying Office 2007 with GPSI is not for everyone—but it's possible

    Because of some comments I've received, I just wanted to clarify that the Group Policy downloads I’ve mentioned before are for setting policies to enforce users' Office configurations, not for actually deploying Office 2007. Deploying Office 2007 with Group Policy Software Installation (GPSI) is not...
  • 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: 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: Download contains expired security certificates—and that's ok

    In February, we posted a download that contains a Systems Management Server (SMS) package definition (.sms) file for Office 2007, along with security certificate (.cer) files used for publishing to users’ Trusted Publishers so Office 2007 will automatically trust Microsoft add-ins. We’ve received a TON...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 Group Policy revisited

    Earlier, we told you about the new Group Policy admin templates available for download . Many thanks to Ned Pyle of the Ask the Directory Services Team blog for posting this Office 2007 Group Policy article with a complete set of links! The AskDS team has a lot of other great articles that you might...
  • 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: 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: Where did my ORK blog go?

    This blog looks suspiciously different, doesn't it? What changed? Well we changed the name to better reflect the scope of what we post and to continue our alignment with the Office and Windows Springboard Series program. This is in line with the changes we've made on the Office TechCenter on TechNet...
  • 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...