Managing Updates for Office 365 ProPlus – Part 2

Automatic Updates streamlines the way administrators deploy updates to Office 365 ProPlus. This post is a joint effort from our global Office compatibility and deployment experts, Curtis Sawin and Martin Nothnagel. Overview Part 1 of this blog post discussed how automatic updates worked and addressed some common concerns that we’ve heard regarding the new update…


Managing Updates for Office 365 ProPlus – Part 1

Automatic Updates streamlines the way administrators deploy updates to Office 365 ProPlus.  This post comes courtesy of our resident Office compatibility and deployment expert, Curtis Sawin. Overview Over the past several months, we’ve received tons of questions about the update model in Office 365 ProPlus.  Many of the conversations start with “It’s different and I…


New poster and content roadmaps about Office identity, authentication, authorization, and security

We’re pleased to announce the publication of some new security-related deployment content on TechNet, including a poster and two Content Roadmaps for IT professionals. Poster: Identity and Authentication in the cloud: Office 2013 and Office 365 This poster helps explain identity and authentication in Office 2013 and Office 365, whether you’re using Office “all in…


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…


New Security Features in Office 2013 Preview

There is something security related for everyone in the new Office 2013 Preview. Simple sign gives users easy access to cloud content from within in Office. Users can create a profile, sign in one time, and then seamlessly work on and access local and cloud Office files without re-identifying themselves. They sign in using their…


What’s new for IT Pros in the new Office release?

We hope you’ve had a chance to try out the Consumer Preview release of the new Office, which has lots of new features and improvements to help you more easily manage your Office installations. You can find these features and improvements in What’s new for IT professionals. The article summarizes the new Office features and…


Windows, iPad and Android – Managing and Using Your Office Assets in a Tablet World (Part 6) – Building Solutions for Remote Access to Windows Environments

Welcome to the sixth and final part in the series about managing your Office assets in a world of tablet computing. In part one I mainly introduced the primary ways to consume Office with rich clients, remote rich clients, Office for Mac, Web Apps and Office on the phone. In part two I talked about…


Security Best Practices for Office 2010 Applications

You can learn about the security best practices for Office 2010 applications by reading the following article, Security Best Practices for Office 2010 Applications, which was initially published in The Microsoft Security Newsletter (July 2011 Edition). I posted this here on the Office IT Pro Blog to make sure that those who have not subscribed to or yet…


Office 365 Security

Microsoft Office 365 provides enterprise-grade security for businesses of all sizes. To learn more about the security practices and technologies in Office 365 see the following articles available on the Microsoft Download Center. For an overview of security in Office 365 download the following article: Security in Office 365 White Paper For a more comprehensive and detailed treatment…


Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) version 2 (BETA) available for download

The Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) version 2 (BETA) is available for download. Some of the new SCM 2 features include: GPO import: SCM 2 can now import Group Policy Object (GPO) Backup files to allow organizations to import and compare their existing knowledge against Microsoft baseline recommendations. This long-awaited feature effectively helps you to…