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  • Blog Post: Managing Updates for Office 365 ProPlus – Part 2

    Automatic Updates streamlines the way administrators deploy updates to Office 365 ProPlus. This post is a joint effort from our global Office compatibility and deployment experts, Curtis Sawin and Martin Nothnagel. Overview Part 1 of this blog post discussed how automatic updates worked and...
  • Blog Post: Managing Updates for Office 365 ProPlus – Part 1

    Automatic Updates streamlines the way administrators deploy updates to Office 365 ProPlus. This post comes courtesy of our resident Office compatibility and deployment expert, Curtis Sawin. Overview Over the past several months, we’ve received tons of questions about the update model in Office...
  • Blog Post: Where is the Microsoft Office 2010 Security Guide?

    The previously stand-alone Microsoft product-specific security guides, including the Microsoft Office 2010 Security Guide, are now included within the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) tool. The security guidance from Microsoft Solution Accelerators hasn’t disappeared, it’s just...
  • Blog Post: Security updates for December 2008

    The following security updates were released on December 9, 2008. For more information and to download updates, see Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for December 2008 . Bulletin Number Description Affected products Rating MS08-073 Cumulative Security...
  • Blog Post: Security updates for January 2009

    The following security update was released on January 13, 2009. For more information and to download updates, see Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for January 2009 . Bulletin Number Description Affected products Rating MS09-001 Vulnerabilities...
  • Blog Post: RSA Conference 2011 - Microsoft Office Security

    Hi, I will be attending RSA Conference 2011 this month. I'm a Senior Technical Writer for the Office Resource Kit and focus on writing security articles. If possible, I would like to meet any of you who are also attending and are interested in talking about any of the following: Microsoft Office...
  • Blog Post: What’s new for IT professionals in Office 2010

    Office 2010 provides new features and improvements that help IT administrators configure, validate, deploy, and protect their Office installations. The following sections discuss changes in these areas and provide links to resources: Licensing and volume activation Office 2010 64-bit...
  • Blog Post: Security Best Practices for Office 2010 Applications

    You can learn about the security best practices for Office 2010 applications by reading the following article, Security Best Practices for Office 2010 Applications , which was initially published in The Microsoft Security Newsletter (July 2011 Edition) . I posted this here on the Office IT Pro Blog to...
  • Blog Post: Security updates for July 2009

    On Tuesday, July 14th, 2009, Microsoft released a security update for Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 (KB969693) which addresses a security vulnerability. The update is described in security bulletin MS09-030 . For complete details, see Microsoft Security Updates for July 2009 for home users and Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 2010 Security Baseline beta now available for download

    UPDATE (NEW) - 11/11/2010 : 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...
  • Blog Post: Security Updates for March 2009

    The following security updates were released on March 10, 2009. For more information and to download updates, see Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for March 2009 . Bulletin Number Description Affected Software Rating MS09-006 Vulnerabilities in Windows...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Security - New Resource Center

    We recently created a new Office 2010 Security resource center . Please take it for a test drive and let us know what you think. Is there anything that you would like to see added? Do you find this resource useful? We would love to hear back from you. Thank-you!
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Security Whitepaper: Keeping Enterprise Data Safe

    The Microsoft Office 2010 security whitepaper, " Keeping Enterprise Data Safe with Office 2010 " is currently available for download from the Microsoft Download Center. This whitepaper highlights the new security features and enhancements introduced in Microsoft Office 2010 that help protect organizations...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Intelligence Report Volume 10 (SIR v10)

    The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report - volume 10 (SIR v10) was recently released. What is the Security Intelligence Report? The Security Intelligence Report (SIR) is an investigation of the current threat landscape of operating systems, web browsers, and applications. It analyzes exploits...
  • 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: Security updates for May 2009

    On Tuesday, May 12th, 2009, Microsoft released 7 security updates for Office. The updates address security issues described in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-017: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (967340) (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin...
  • Blog Post: Security updates for August 2009

    On Tuesday, August 11th, 2009, Microsoft released three security updates for Office Web Components (OWC) to address four security vulnerabilities. Office Web Components are Microsoft COM controls that allow users to publish spreadsheets, charts, and databases to an intranet and edit published documents...
  • Blog Post: Security updates for June 2009

    On Tuesday, June 9th, 2009, Microsoft released 17 security updates for Office to address 11 security vulnerabilities. The security updates apply to the following products: · Microsoft Office Excel 2000 , 2002 , 2003 , 2007 , Excel Viewer 2003 , Excel Viewer , the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack...
  • Blog Post: How to plan, deploy, and monitor the security baselines of computers running Microsoft Office 2010

    You can use the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager tool, which includes the Office 2010 Security Baseline, to help plan, deploy, and monitor the security baselines of computers running Microsoft Office 2010. What is the Security Compliance Manager tool? The Microsoft Security Compliance Manager...
  • Blog Post: Security updates for October 2009

    On Tuesday, October 13th, 2009, Microsoft released security updates for Microsoft Office products to address 11 security vulnerabilities in two security bulletins. The security updates apply to the following Office products: · Microsoft Office XP , Office 2003 , and the 2007 Microsoft Office system...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) version 2 (BETA) available for download

    The Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) version 2 (BETA) is available for download. Some of the new SCM 2 features include: GPO import : SCM 2 can now import Group Policy Object (GPO) Backup files to allow organizations to import and compare their existing knowledge against Microsoft baseline...
  • Blog Post: New download: Microsoft Security Assessment Tool (MSAT)

    This is a good tool for mid-sized organizations. The Microsoft Security Assessment Tool 3.5 is the revised version of the original Microsoft Security Risk Self-Assessment Tool (MSRSAT), released in 2004 and the Microsoft Security Assessment Tool 2.0 released in 2006. The MSAT is comprised of three assessments...
  • 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: RSA Conference 2011 - Cloud Computing

    I've enjoyed my time so far here at RSAConference2011 in San Francisco. Today started out great with the presentation of the RSA Lifetime Achievement Award to Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir, and Leonard Adleman, RSA themselves. There was even a standing ovation after the award was presented. After this the keynote...
  • Blog Post: Updates for Outlook Junk E-mail Filters September 2009

    On September 2nd, 2009, Microsoft released updates to the Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 and Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Junk E-mail Filters. The updates provide the Junk E-mail Filter in Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007 with a more current definition of which e-mail messages should be considered junk...