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 also review…

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Setting the Office Theme using Group Policy

Updated Office 2013 Administrative Template files allow you to set the theme using Group Policy. This post comes courtesy of our resident Office compatibility and deployment expert, Curtis Sawin. Overview Just last week, the Office 2013 Administrative Templates were updated. The new templates include a new policy setting that allows you to set the default…

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Outlook 2013 RT is here, and this is what you need to know

(Now that Windows 8.1 has officially released, we updated this information here.) You asked; we are delivering—Outlook 2013 RT for Windows RT 8.1 Preview is here! With the release of Windows RT 8.1 Preview, users get a bona fide Outlook 2013 application, with most of the familiar look and feature functionality found in the enterprise…

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The new Office Garage Series: Identity, Activation and Data Access with a User-Based Office

In this blog post, our intrepid hosts Jeremy Chapman and Yoni Kirsh answer your questions about a user-based Office service, how identity and services are provisioned, where data and passwords are stored and what the user experiences look like. They also catch up with cybersecurity expert and author, Mark Russinovich, to discuss the cloud security…


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 Telemetry tools with a special visit from the…


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 365 and Yoni tests whether Office 365 ProPlus can be installed…


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 New Office: Garage Series for IT Pros – What’s…


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 RT. Last week, Microsoft started…

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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 introduced in Office. Now you can use…

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How to customize Click-to-Run for Office 365 products

Summary: Provides a summary of Click-to-Run for Office 365 customization and discusses how to use AppLocker and AppHelp for customization at the application level. Click-to-Run is a streaming and virtualization technology that is designed to significantly reduce the time that is required to download and use Office client products. Streaming allows users to begin to…

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