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  • 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: What is Office 365 ProPlus Preview?

    Hopefully by now, you have heard that the new Office Preview is available to download and try out. One of the areas of focus in this new version of Office is Office 365. If you aren’t familiar with Office 365, Office 365 is a cloud-based service from Microsoft that provides a monthly subscription...
  • Blog Post: New download: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP)

    Earlier this week, Microsoft released the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP), the evolved version of the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment tool. MAP is an inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that can simplify your migration to the following: Windows Vista, Microsoft Office 2007, Windows...
  • Blog Post: New site: Reduce IT Costs with the Microsoft Office System

    Hi all, just a quick note to tell you about a new site on TechNet, Reduce IT Costs with the Microsoft Office System . This site includes useful articles, case studies, white papers, and external resources to help you weather the economy and reduce enterprise IT costs. You can find out how Unified...
  • Blog Post: Updated technical diagrams

    We have updated the following Technical Diagrams for Office 2010 . Click the links below to download the posters that you want. Deployment Options for Microsoft Office 2010 - Updated general graphics and OCT screenshot; updated text in the “Application virtualization” column....
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 2010 Deployment Tools Availability

    If you haven’t already, check out the Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering blog post that highlights the four new tools that can help IT Professionals expedite an Office 2010 deployment. Tools covered are: Microsoft Assessment & Planning Toolkit 5.0 (MAP) Office Environment Assessment...
  • Blog Post: New technical case study: Creating a Systemized Approach to Regulatory Compliance at Microsoft

    One of my favorite Microsoft sites to browse through is the IT Showcase by our own IT department (MS IT). On Friday, MS IT published a new download you might find useful, Creating a Systemized Approach to Regulatory Compliance at Microsoft , which contains two whitepapers on how Microsoft is streamlining...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the 2007 Microsoft Office Security Guide

    The 2007 Microsoft Office Security Guide is live, and you can check it out on the TechNet Security Center . This solution accelerator can help you keep users productive and help secure your systems and data. It will help you to determine how to set the hundreds of security and privacy settings available...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Office 2010 with multiple languages

    Will you need to deploy Office 2010 with multiple languages? We have published six new and improved articles to help support you in that effort. They are: Plan for multilanguage deployment of Office 2010 This article discusses planning considerations for deploying Office 2010 with multiple languages...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 (Beta)

    The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 (Beta) is an agent-less tool designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide automated discovery and assessments. Some of the new features in the MAP Toolkit 5.0 (Beta...
  • Blog Post: Video: Assessing Office 2010 readiness by using the Microsoft Assessment Planning Toolkit

    TechNet Edge has posted a series of videos on using the Microsoft Assessment Planning Toolkit 5.0. They even created a ~7-minute video specifically for assessing Office 2010 readiness. From their landing page: "In this screencast we take a look on how MAP can help streamline your migration to Office...
  • 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: Office and the Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro device — what's supported?

    Learn what versions of Office are supported on the Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro device and how that device differs from the Surface with Windows RT device for deploying Office. Back in November, we blogged about which versions of Office are supported on Windows 8 and on Surface with Windows...
  • Blog Post: Assessment tools cheat sheet

    If you're in the process of planning an Office deployment, have a look at the newly published article Assessment tools for the 2007 Office system ( http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=154575 ). Please let us know what you think & if you find it helpful! We'll plan to have something similar for...
  • Blog Post: Check out our newly designed Office pages on TechNet!

    We’ve been working hard to streamline our TechNet pages to incorporate Springboard elements as well as make popular articles and downloads easier to find. Have you visited our TechNet pages lately? If not, here are some of the changes we think you’ll like: Office home page : Our click...