Control whether PDFs open in Word Web App or the default PDF reader

Use Windows PowerShell commands to adjust settings so that PDFs open in the program you want. When users open a PDF file from a SharePoint document library that uses Office Web Apps Server, the default behavior is to open the PDF in Word Web App. If this isn’t the behavior you want, or if your…

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The new Office Garage Series: Anatomy of Office Software Updates in Click-to-Run

This week adventurous hosts go deeper on how software updates really work for the new Office. They attempt to demystify what’s different compared to the Office Professional Plus 2013 MSI install and explain the optimized update service for the Office 365 ProPlus Click-to-Run install. They also explain how the service works in cases where you might want to test, validate and publish updates…


The new Office Garage Series: Click-to-Run Customization and Deployment Deep Dive Part 3 - Integration and Automation with Software Distribution Tools

This week marks the third in a three part series as hosts Jeremy Chapman and Yoni Kirsh take the concepts from installing and configuring Office Click-to-Run in the first two parts and integrate those with software distribution tools like System Center Configuration Manager, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Windows Intune. They demonstrate the specific commands used with standalone…


The new Office Garage Series: Click-to-Run Customization and Deployment Deep Dive Part 2 - Workarounds

This week marks the second in a three part series, as hosts Jeremy Chapman and Yoni Kirsh, explore specific differences between the Office Professional Plus 2013 MSI and Office 365 ProPlus Click-to-Run install and potential workarounds for your Office configuration. They cover topics from removing and blocking applications from the Office suite, using multiple languages and disabling first…


The new Office Garage Series: Click-to-Run Customization and Deployment Deep Dive Part 1 with High-G Aerobatics

In this week’s episode, hosts Jeremy Chapman and Yoni Kirsh kick off a three-part series deep dive on customizing and deploying Office Click-to-Run packages. The first part of the series describes how the Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run is used to download, install, uninstall and convert Office packages for use with Application Virtualization. Yoni also…


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…


Updated Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run available

Summary: Learn about the updated Office Deployment Tool for Office 365 Click-to-Run desktop applications. If you are an IT Pro administrator who has signed up for Office 365, you likely already know that you can choose whether to allow users to install Office 365 ProPlus (and Project Pro, Visio Pro, SharePoint Designer, or Lync products)…

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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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Office 2013 Preview Administrative Templates and Office Customization Tool download available

The Office 2013 Preview release includes Administrative Templates (ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool (OCT) files which administrators can download here: Office 2013 Preview Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool. Included in this download is an Excel spreadsheet (office2013grouppolicyandoctsettings_reference.xlsx) that lists the Group Policy and OCT settings. The policy settings apply to both…

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TechEd North America 2012: Office client deployment and Office 365 sessions

The TechEd North America 2012 conference, held June 11 – June 14 in Orlando, Florida, included several presentations on Office deployment and Office 365 that may be of interest to IT Pros. Learn about office deployment tools and methods, compatibility assessment and remediation, supporting Office, Office 365 for enterprise and small businesses, security, Active Directory…

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