Microsoft Office

Microsoft Takes the Wraps off the New Office App for Windows 10, Rolling Out Over the Next Few Weeks

Microsoft has had a new front-end Office app in preview since December of 2018 and the company has now brandished it a viable offering for consumption. According to a blog post announcement today… The Office app is free to use and simple to access. It will become available to users on a rolling basis over the next few weeks and will be installed automatically as an update to the MyOffice app, which comes pre-installed as part of Windows. Just search for “Office” in the search bar of the Windows start menu to open it. The app will also be available from the Microsoft Store at this link: Office The link still downloads the old version as its not been updated yet, but according to Microsoft will be updated with the new app soon. The app works with any Office 365 subscription, Office 201...

Tip: Admin Training for Microsoft Teams

Microsoft provides the following resources to help get you up to speed on implementing and managing a Microsoft Teams environment in your organization.   Title Video PowerPoint Foundations – Core Components Video Deck Windows Desktop Client Video Deck Governance, management, and Lifecycle Video Deck Network Planning Video Deck Call Quality Overview Video Deck Meetings introduction Video Deck Phone System introduction Video Deck Direct Routing Video Deck Upgrade from Skype for Business to Teams Video 1: Introduction to Upgrade Video 2: Plan your upgrade Video 3: Coexistence and Interoperability Video 4: Administrator experience Deck

Office 2019: The last of the dated Offices?

Continuing the typical cadence of Office releases, Office 2019 comes 3 years on the heels of Office 2016 (which followed from 2013, which followed from 2010, and 2007 and 2003 and so it goes). Office 2019 didn’t hit with a bang (nor a whimper) but somewhat of a ‘meh’ due in part to the fact that most of the features that would typically be viewed as “new” and “exciting” were already available in the subscription-based flavors of Office that come with Office 365 subscriptions.  The only reason one would buy Office 2019 would be to pay a one-time fee and avoid the subscription.  Unfortunately, that would mean new features released to subscribers would not be coming to Office 2019 users.  Some aren’t too concerned over that because they wonder &...

Microsoft Delivers February’s Office Updates

Each month, Microsoft begins its monthly patching march with non-security updates for Microsoft Office. These deliver on the first Tuesday of each month. These updates are for those companies still utilizing self-deployed Office products instead of Office 365. Office 365 updates are managed by Microsoft and deployed automatically. The company has now made available the following updates: Office 2010 Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4462172) Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4462187) Update for Microsoft Outlook 2010 (KB4462182) Update for Microsoft Visio 2010 (KB3115314) Office 2013 Update for Microsoft Access 2013 (KB4032252) Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4461550) Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4461444) Update for Microsoft Outlook 2013 (KB4462141) Update for Microsoft Off...

Fixing the Broken outlk16.admx in the Latest Release of Microsoft’s Admin Templates for Office

We noted a few days ago that Microsoft had delivered updated Admin Templates and Tools for it’s Office suite. However, as is the case much of the time, there were undiscovered bugs in the released content. Fortunately, Marc Vanderhaegen was on top of it. There is a problem with the newest outlk16.admx pic.twitter.com/Ge8zJOq4bV — Marc Vanderhaegen (@MarcVndrhgn) January 21, 2019   At least it can be easily solved by editing the file and moving the </policies> tag — Marc Vanderhaegen (@MarcVndrhgn) January 21, 2019 For details on the fix, see: Office 2016 ADMX templates, seemingly broken for Outlook ADMX

Microsoft Resolves Access 2010 and Excel 2010 Problems with KB4462157

One issue reported this month for Microsoft’s updates included an issue where Access 2010 and Excel 2010 would stop working after installing KB4461614. Microsoft has now delivered a fix for the problem. The fix is included in KB4462157. This update contains the following improvements and fixes: This update adds support for new Japanese eras in the Japanese calendar. Note To enable this improvement, you must install KB 4461579 together with this update. Fix: After KB 4461614 is applied, Access 2010 and Excel 2010 stop working.

Updated Admin Templates and Customization Tool for Office 365 ProPlus, Office 2019, and Office 2016

Microsoft has now released an updated set of Group Policy templates and an improved customization tool for Office 365 ProPlus, Office 2019, and Office 2016. Additionally, the download includes the OPAX/OPAL files for the Office Customization Tool (OCT) for Office 2016 and a list of all Group Policy settings in an Excel spreadsheet. Download: Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool for Office 365 ProPlus, Office 2019, and Office 2016

Tip: Office Customization Tool

What used to be a convoluted process for architecting deployments of Microsoft Office using MSI extractions and command-lines has been simplified by Microsoft through a web-based tool. The Office Customization Tool creates the configuration files that are used to deploy Office in large organizations. These configuration files give you more control over an Office installation: you can define which applications and languages are installed, how those applications should be updated, and application preferences. After creating the configuration files, you can use them with the Office Deployment Tool to deploy a customized version of Office. Location: https://config.office.com/

Microsoft Kicks Off a Year of Patches with Non-security Updates for Office

Microsoft continues to roll unimpeded with its update strategy as the first-Tuesday updates for Office are now available. Here’s what to expect: Office 2010 Update for Microsoft Excel 2010 (KB4461627) Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4032217) Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4032225) Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4461616) Office 2013 Update for Microsoft Project 2013 (KB4461560) Update for Skype for Business 2015 (KB4461557) Office 2016 Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4461586) Update for Microsoft Excel 2016 (KB4461600) Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3203480) Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4032230) Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4461435) Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4461533) Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4461587) Update for Microsoft Vis...

Microsoft Draws a Line in the Cloud, Customer Calls It Predatory

You had to expect this to happen eventually. A Microsoft rep responded to a customer request recently that has left some in shock. We know that Microsoft is trying to move its current customers to its Cloud, but most have thought the company would allow it to happen naturally over time. Internally though, that may not be the case. A customer recently outlined a problem due to how Microsoft is pointing to its own services even in on-premises software. Microsoft responded and then quickly closed comments on the thread because the result wasn’t what the company wanted to hear. The thread: Stop prioritizing O365 for Autodiscover Microsoft’s response: We cannot fulfill this request as we will continue to optimize for the Office 365 experience. The supported implementation of Autodis...

Office Non-Security Updates for December 2018 on the Wire

Microsoft has begun its update countdown for 2018 with the usual rank and order of Office non-security updates hitting the first Tuesday of the month. Here’s what’s available today: Office 2010 Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4227172) Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4461579)   Office 2013 Update for Microsoft InfoPath 2013 (KB4022181)   Office 2016 Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4461545) Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4461540)    

Microsoft Solves Outlook 2010 Crashes with an Update

For those still running Office 2010 applications, a recent update (4461529) may have caused Outlook 2010 to crash constantly on startup. Microsoft has now issued an update (KB4461585) to solve this problem. The update download is available from here: Update for Microsoft Outlook 2010 (KB4461585)