Deploying Office 365 ProPlus with Microsoft Intune

Tim Tetrick   Hello Microsoft Cloud Partners! With all the new innovations and capabilities lighting up in the Microsoft cloud every week, I know it’s hard to stay up to date on all of them.  So every once in a while I spot one that kind of flies under the radar that I think our…

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Office 2007 End of Life is on the horizon

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners!  As the cycle of life continues so does the end of extended support for the Office 2007 family of products.  For customers that are using Office 2007 solutions today it is important to make sure they are aware of this milestone.  This can be specially very important for the customers…

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Skype for Business for Mac client available in Public Preview!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners! A fairly common ask we receive is “when will the Lync for Mac client get updated to the Skype for Business client on the Apple Mac platform?”  The first step to get this is now available as a Public Preview.  Partners and customers can obtain access to the preview by…

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Side-by-side Installation Scenarios with Visio/Project and Office 365 ProPlus Click-to-Run

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners! We get asked on occasion about the following scenario: The ability to install a Volume Licensed (MSI) copy of Microsoft Visio 2016 and/or Microsoft Project 2016 alongside an installation of Office 365 ProPlus (2016, Click-to-Run) via subscription.  This has been something that was not supported in the past.  There has…

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Recommended Telephony Devices for Skype for Business

The launch of the E5 suite of Office 365 and the PSTN calling functionality being built-in to Microsoft solutions has generated a lot of excitement.   Our customers excited about all the new capabilities, but more importantly I am hearing from all our partners about the new solutions they are able to offer their customers.  It…

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Office 365 E5 Resources to Help Grow Your Business

As many of you are aware today, we officially announced the Office 365 E5 SKU.  This really provides a whole new set of technical capabilities to Office.  You can read about some of the fantastic changes here: Office 365 brings significant new value to business customers worldwide  More importantly this provides some great opportunities for…

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Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Office 365 Client Update Branches

Onur Dogruoz Hello Cloud Partners, After the release of Office 2016, the way Office 365 clients getting updates have changed. In our blog series, my fellow colleague Todd outlined some resources that you can utilize to get more information on the subject. Please see Todd’s blog here Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Office…

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Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Office 365 ProPlus – Managing User Activations

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! You may be aware that each user of Office 365 ProPlus (and Office 365 Business) can install the Office client on up to 5 (FIVE) workstations.  This is a great benefit of the subscription licensing model! Did you also know that both the user and the administrator can manage these…

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Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Office 2016, When will it be available in Office 365?

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! A very common question we have been hearing since Office 2016 has been released is “when will my Office 365 ProPlus or Business customer receive the Office 2016 client?”  While this should be cut and dry, it is a bit more complex than you would expect.  After some investigating we…

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Office 365 Things You Need to Know: Office 365 Migration Tools and Services

So you have just landed your first customer for Office 365 including your managed services. Congratulations and Thank you! Now what?!?!  Well most likely it is time to get your customer’s tenant up and running then begin performing the actual migration.  So, where do you turn, what resources do you need and what resources do…

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Office 365 Things You Need to Know: Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run

We are at an interesting time in the world of Office 365, a time of transition. We have SKUs like Small Business Premium and MidSize Business retiring. We have a new Office version with the launch of Office 2016 on September 22nd. We have announced a new SKU, the anticipated E5 offering which adds a…

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Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Outlook 2016 and Attachments

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Office 2016 has released to the wild!  Now we need to learn how it can tame your workflow as you know it today and make your productivity increase with ease! One capability that has been added involves Outlook 2016 and how attachments are handled.   The old method of manually grabbing…

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Office 2016 release date and new Office servicing options announced

Tim Tetrick I was excited to see the official announcement yesterday that Office 2016 will be available starting on September 22nd.  Another interesting announcement was the improvements that we are making to the Office update model. Consistent with the Windows 10 approach, we are seeing a similar Current Branch and Current Branch for Business model…

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Controlling Where Office 365 ProPlus is installed

Q: (from Chris) Administratively, how can a user manage what licenses are installed on what machines for office? I have an administrator that does not want his users to download office on machines that are not corporate. How can he manage this easily?   A: We support two deployment methods for Office 365 ProPlus: through…

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Office 2016 for MAC is Available for Office 365 customers!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Office 2016 for MAC has been released and is now available for Office 365 customers!  One of the great benefits of an Office 365 ProPlus or Office 365 Business subscription is that it gives your users access to Office for up to 5 workstations.  This includes Office for MAC.  This…

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Manage Users’ Activations of Office Applications in Office 365

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! A very common ask we receive from partners is “How can we manage the Office applications that users install from an Office 365 subscription?”  This has been a challenge but a new management capability was just released that helps with this scenario! It is now possible to access a listing…

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Moving from Office 365 Enterprise E3 to Office 365 Business Premium

Q: (from Greg) Clarify the transition plan – if moving from E3 to Business Premium, what happens to Access and Lync? Does the customer need to uninstall and reinstall Office? Will they be rendered useless?   A: To see the differences between the Office productivity suite included with Office 365 Business and Office 365 ProPlus:…

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Office 365 shared computer activation

Tim Tetrick Back in May, I shared in a blog post that “native RDS/TS support for Office 365 ProPlus is coming, and is currently targeted to release in the second half of 2014”. Well I’m pleased to announce that this support is now available as of September 1, 2014.  All SKUs containing Office 365 ProPlus,…

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RDS and shared computer support for Office 365 ProPlus coming soon!

Tim Tetrick I frequently get asked about Office 365 ProPlus running in an RDS (Remote Desktop Services) or TS (Terminal Services) environment.  Currently, Office 365 ProPlus will not physically install in an RDS/TS environment.  There is an exception in the Product Use Rights that allows customers to install a VL/MSI copy of Office Professional Plus…

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Office 365 ProPlus Deployment Options

Q: (from Dan) One quick question for you as we’re preparing to roll out office pro plus from 365 e3. I believe you indicated it’s possible to download a “traditional” MSI or other kind of installer rather than do the streaming install to every machine in the customer environment. Can you point us in the…

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