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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: The Office 2010 KMS host is no longer supported on Windows Small Business Server 2003

    If you are creating an Office 2010 KMS host on Windows Server 2003, be aware that an Office 2010 KMS host is currently supported only on the Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter editions of Windows Server 2003. Office 2010 KMS host on Windows Small Business Server 2003 is not supported. See the following...
  • 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: How to customize a configuration for users by using a separate installation folder

    To create a custom configuration for users with specific requirements, you can use the Config.xml file and Setup customization files (MSP files created with the Office Customization Tool), and create a separate installation folder that contains the Setup program and customizations for that group’s configuration...
  • Blog Post: October 2012 Cumulative Updates for Office and related products are now available

    You can now get the October 2012 Cumulative Updates (CUs) packages for Office 2010 , and the 2007 Office system . The CUs also include Office servers and SharePoint products. In these knowledge base articles, you’ll find links for the individual update packages and their descriptions. In addition, there...
  • Blog Post: August 2012 Cumulative Update for Office is now available

    You can now get the August 2012 Cumulative Updates (CUs) packages for Office 2010 , the 2007 Office system , and Project Server 2010 (released September 14, 2012). The CUs also include Office servers and SharePoint products. In these overall knowledge base articles, you’ll find links for the individual...
  • Blog Post: Office Customization Tool: FAQs

    The OCT is the main client customization tool for Office 2010 (and Office 2007). This tool is part of the Setup program and is included only in volume license versions of Office, such as Office 2010 Professional Plus. You use the OCT to configure settings in these areas: Setup Install...
  • Blog Post: The new Office: What are your options, what's changed and what's new?

    In this blog post, our desktop specialist hosts Jeremy Chapman and Yoni Kirsh, walk us through the differences between the Click-to-Run and MSI-based Office versions, the new IT Pro capabilities, and the premise of the new Office including a demo of user based multi-device support. <a title="The...
  • Blog Post: The new Office Garage Series: Client Configuration Management 101

    In this blog post, our animated hosts Jeremy Chapman and Yoni Kirsh begin to tackle the frequently asked question, "Do I get more control if I use the traditional Office installation?" They look at automation support and install-time controls, configuration management via Group Policy and new Office...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 setup may fail when upgrading from Office 2003 if the Office 2003 Local Installation Source (LIS) is corrupt

    Many thanks to Curtis Sawin, a Senior Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services, for providing this content for the Office Resource Kit Blog. Recently, while performing deployment testing of Microsoft Office 2010 for a customer, we ran into a specific issue while upgrading Office 2003 to Office...
  • Blog Post: The new Office Garage Series: Who Moved My MSI?

    In this blog post, our adventurous hosts Yoni Kirsh and Jeremy Chapman explain the differences between Windows Installer Package (MSI) and Click-to-Run package types, how to download Click-to-Run builds for use with software distribution tools, when its necessary to provision user accounts in Office...
  • Blog Post: When you install Office 2010 SP1, SharePoint Workspace 2010 is also installed

    When you install Office 2010 SP1, SharePoint Workspace 2010 is automatically installed whether or not it was part of the original installation of Office 2010. This is due to a bug that triggers the installation of SharePoint Workspace 2010. For more details and to learn how to handle this, see When you...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in volume activation for Office 2013 Preview? Active Directory-Based Activation

    Office volume activation is an enterprise feature for volume-licensed editions of Office 2010 and Office 2013 Preview. In addition to the volume activation methods you used for Office 2010 - Multiple Activation Key (MAK) and Key Management Service (KMS), a new volume activation method is available for...
  • Blog Post: New articles in the Office Resource Kit

    The Office Resource Kit team has recently published the following articles: Deploying 2007 Office software updates with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 ( http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc872848.aspx ). Learn about how to use System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to create and...