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  • 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: Introducing Office Telemetry in the new Office

    This post is written by Makoto Yamagishi, a Program Manager with the Office Solutions Management team On July 16th 2012, we unveiled the next version of Office. One of the powerful features for IT Pros in the new Office is Office Telemetry, which we built to make IT Pros’ Office upgrade experience...
  • 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: Differences in how OMPM and OCCI generate macro counts

    Update : This issue has been fixed as of August 2011 in Update 1 of OMPM. See our recent blog post for more information. One of our field consultants, Curtis Sawin, discovered a discrepancy in the macro counts displayed by Office 2010 Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) and Office 2010 Code Compatibility...
  • Blog Post: You want MOICE with that?

    That's pronounced MO-ICE. It stands for Microsoft Office Isolated Conversion Environment, and yes, you should have it. What MOICE does and why you need it MOICE uses the converters in the 2007 Office release to convert Microsoft Office binary format files (used in Office 2003 and earlier) into...
  • 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: 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: 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: Office 2010 Office Customization Tool and Windows Installer version

    We've had some questions about the Windows Installer version required by the Office 2010 Office Customization Tool (OCT) and would like to clarify the requirements. In Office 2010, there are two architecture-specific versions of the OCT, one for 32-bit Office 2010 and one for 64-bit Office 2010. The...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Group Policy Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool download available

    Microsoft has released Group Policy Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool (OCT) for Office 2010. You can download the files from the Microsoft Download Center: Office 2010 Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool (http://go...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Support Comes to the User State Migration Tool

    Today Microsoft has released an update bringing Microsoft Office 2010 migration support to User State Migration Tool (USMT) 4.0. USMT 4.0, with the latest update, now supports the following Office migration scenarios: Office Upgrade Scenarios OS Migration Scenarios ...
  • 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: Collect data about Office installations by using the new Robust Office Inventory Scan script

    The Office Sustained Engineering and the Office Deployment Support teams have published Robust Office Inventory Scan (ROIScan.vbs), a new Visual Basic script that administrators can use to collect data about Office installations and to help detect and troubleshoot installation and updates errors. When...
  • 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: 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: Add-ins scanner: AddInSpy and AS Diagnostic tools for Microsoft Office add-ins available on MSDN

    AddInSpy is a diagnostic tool that detects all registered Microsoft Office add-ins on a computer and reports information about the add-ins. The tool works with all versions of Microsoft Office applications that support COM add-ins, as well as all types of COM add-ins. The tool is available as a free...
  • 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: Service Pack 3 for Office 2007 and SharePoint 2007 is now available

    The Office Sustained Engineering team has released Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Office 2007 and SharePoint 2007. For complete details, including a list of all download and description links to the SP3 packages, see Office 2007 and SharePoint 2007 Service Pack 3 Availability . In addition, the links are available...
  • Blog Post: Updated Group Policy and OCT settings reference for Office 2010

    The Group Policy and OCT settings reference (Office2010GroupPolicyAndOCTSettings_Reference.xls ), part of the Office 2010 Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool ( http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=189316 ) download package, has been updated to include information...
  • Blog Post: Why is there a Microsoft Office 2010 Upload Center?

    The Microsoft Office 2010 Upload Center enables you to monitor files that you’re uploading to a server. In particular, the Microsoft Office Upload Center uses a feature known as Efficient File Transfer (EFT) to help reduce bandwidth usage between SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 applications. After...
  • 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: TechNet Tips assist you with Office 2010 volume activation and more

    If you are already familiar with Office 2010 administration and need a quick solution, TechNet Office 2010 tips will help you set up Office 2010 products and features. New tips are added periodically. The following tips can help to easily activate your Office 2010 volume licensed clients: Understand...
  • Blog Post: Plan for Office 2010 and Internet Explorer migration with MAP Toolkit 5.5

    We have talked about using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit to prepare for your migration to Office 2010, now this story gets even better. Today the MAP team has released the next version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit —version 5.5. It is now available for free...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 deployment scripts

    I received a question about deployment scripts for Office 2007. I’m not one of The Scripting Guys , but I think I can at least point you in the right direction. If you are automating a deployment of Office 2007 with scripts, see our ORK article, Setup command-line options for the 2007 Office system...
  • Blog Post: Configure Office 2010 to volume activate at the same time you install a MAK key

    If you are using the Office Customization Tool (OCT) to configure a Multiple Activation Key (MAK) key, you can also activate Office 2010 at the time that you install the MAK key. A MAK key is one of the methods that Office Activation Technologies provides for activating products licensed under Microsoft...