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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SP1 for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 officially released

Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 is officially released.  SP1 contains new fixes for areas of each product as well as all Cumulative Updates and Public Updates that have already shipped. The fixes are contained in a downloadable spreadsheet that is useful to those testing or evaluating the service pack. Here’s the official…

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Office 365 is now available worldwide

Today, Steve Ballmer announced the worldwide availability of Office 365, which brings together Office, SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync in an always-up-to-date cloud service. For more information, see the Office 365 page in the Microsoft News Center.

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Announcing additional details of SP1 for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010

Today, on the Microsoft Office Updates blog, the Office Division announced additional details of the upcoming release of SP1 for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. SP1 is on track for release at the end of June 2011. All language versions of SP1 will release simultaneously. Initially, SP1 will be offered as a manual download from…

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The Office 2010 KMS host is no longer supported on Windows Small Business Server 2003

If you are creating an Office 2010 KMS host on Windows Server 2003, be aware that an Office 2010 KMS host is currently supported only on the Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter editions of Windows Server 2003. Office 2010 KMS host on Windows Small Business Server 2003 is not supported. See the following TechNet articles that…

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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 setup may fail when upgrading from Office 2003 if the Office 2003 Local Installation Source (LIS) is corrupt

Many thanks to Curtis Sawin, a Senior Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services, for providing this content for the Office Resource Kit Blog. Recently, while performing deployment testing of Microsoft Office 2010 for a customer, we ran into a specific issue while upgrading Office 2003 to Office 2010.  Specifically, Office 2010 setup may fail when upgrading…

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Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) 2010 is released!

The much-anticipated 2010 version of Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) is now available for download on the Microsoft Download Center.  OMPM helps IT Pros discover and assess the compatibility of existing Office documents for conversion from the binary document formats (Office 97-2003: .doc, .xls, etc.) to OpenXML formats (Office 2007 and beyond: .docx, .xlsx, etc.). Additionally, OMPM 2010 adds features that…

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2007 Office system migration tools: OMPM

If you have a lot of files to migrate from the legacy Office binary formats to the Office Open XML formats in the 2007 Office system, try out the Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM). You can find the documentation for OMPM at OMPM online version or OMPM downloadable book. OMPM is a set of tools that includes:…