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…


Migrate an Office 2013 KMS host from the command line or the UI

Migrating an Office 2013 KMS host to another computer is similar to migrating an Office 2010 KMS host. You can find the basics for Office KMS host migration at  Migrate an Office 2010 KMS host. For Office 2013, there is a new Microsoft Office 2013 KMS Host License Pack and activation ID. And if the…

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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 Office 2013 Preview – Active Directory-Based Activation. You…

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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), & Office Code Compatibility Inspector (OCCI).  WHAT’S INCLUDED The update delivers several corrections to the existing tools.  The…


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, then use the Fix it tool. Be sure…

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Office 2010 Service Pack 1 is coming soon!

Office 2010 SP1, along with SharePoint 2010 SP1, will be available mid-summer 2011. For the latest details and how you can stay connected with the release updates, see Office 2010 Service Pack 1 is Almost Here.

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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 ·      Office 2003 => Office 2010 ·      Office 2007 => Office 2010 ·      Office 2003 => Office…


Announcing the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5 Beta

If you’re using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit version 5.0, you might be interested in the new 5.5 Beta. Although there is no new functionality related to Office 2010 assessment, the 5.5 beta supports easier migration to Windows Azure and SQL Azure, heterogeneous database discovery for SQL Server migration projects, Internet Explorer 8 upgrade assessment, and much…

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Using OMPM to assess macros? Check out this fix to repair links in the Macro Summary tab

Update: This issue has been fixed as of August 2011 in Update 1 of OMPM. See our recent blog post for more information.   Today’s post is brought to you by Curtis Sawin, a Senior Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services. Recently, we discovered a small bug in the Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) reporting tool…

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Check out our newly designed Office pages on TechNet!

We’ve been working hard to streamline our TechNet pages to incorporate Springboard elements as well as make popular articles and downloads easier to find. Have you visited our TechNet pages lately? If not, here are some of the changes we think you’ll like: Office home page: Our click data indicates that the Downloads link is…

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