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…


Quickly set up Office Telemetry Dashboard on a workgroup or domain-joined computer

This blog post was written by Junko Kyomasu, a Program Manager in the Office Solutions Management team  Office Telemetry Dashboard is a new, powerful tool to manage Office documents and add-ins in your organization. It enables a better upgrade experience from your existing Office to Office 2013. We’re happy to hear that many of you…

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Deploying Office 2010 with Group Policy computer startup script TechNet Magazine article

Greg Shields, MVP and partner at Concentrated Technology, has published an article on TechNet Magazine (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/default.aspx) that describes how to deploy Office 2010 by using Group Policy computer startup scripts: Geek of All Trades: Automatically Deploying Microsoft Office 2010 with Free Tools (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ff956190.aspx). The article includes information about how to configure a silent installation using…

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Hey, Scripting Guy! scripts for Microsoft Excel

So if you’ve never visited Microsoft’s Script Center on TechNet, you should definitely go over there and kick the tires a bit. Often. There is a wealth of information and scripts there, created by scripters from both the community and Microsoft. After poking around a bit, I found some of the Scripting Guy’s snappy answers to scripting questions…


How to view output from the Office Customization Tool

The Office Resource Kit includes a sample Microsoft Visual Basic script that administrators can use to view the settings stored in Office Customization Tool (OCT) MSP files. The OCT is the primary tool that administrators use to customize an installation of the 2007 Microsoft Office system. The customizations are saved in a Setup customization MSP…


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 deploy packages for 2007 Office system software updates.  This article provides information about the prerequisites for deploying software updates…


How to deploy Office 2007 by using Group Policy to assign startup scripts

You can use Group Policy to assign computer startup scripts to deploy the 2007 Microsoft Office system. You can use a script written in any language that is supported by your client computers. Windows Script Host-supported languages, such as VBScript and Jscript, and command files are the most common. Group Policy Scripts Extensions The Group…


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. Note that…


Deploying Office 2007 with GPSI is not for everyone—but it’s possible

Because of some comments I’ve received, I just wanted to clarify that the Group Policy downloads I’ve mentioned before are for setting policies to enforce users’ Office configurations, not for actually deploying Office 2007. Deploying Office 2007 with Group Policy Software Installation (GPSI) is not recommended for the majority of installations. A good alternative that…