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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:

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)    

Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365 Services Enters Second Day of Woe

For those gearing up for time off for the Thanksgiving holiday, Microsoft seems positioned to send you home a day or two early. Early Monday morning, Microsoft’s multi-factor authentication for Office 365 started having problems. Microsoft has been working steadily to resolve the problems – and has had some success – but the service is still experiencing problems even now. The company has posted the following statement to let customers know another full information update will be available on Tuesday evening…    

Microsoft’s FSLogix Acquisition Embeds Windows and Office Deeper into the Cloud

Microsoft’s idea of a modern desktop experience is the ability to deploy and run Windows and Office from Azure. Today’s acquisition announcement of FSLogix takes that capability to the next level and will make it more difficult for Windows and Office customers to avoid cloud participation – and ultimately, Azure licensing schemes. To help extend our virtualization capabilities and provide an even richer experience for Microsoft 365 customers, we are excited to announce the acquisition of FSLogix. With this acquisition, customers will benefit in a number of ways. Through customer engagement, we know that Microsoft Office applications are some of the most highly used and most commonly virtualized applications in any business. Office 365 ProPlus is currently the best Office ...

KB2863821 and KB4461522 for Office 2010 No Longer Available, Uninstall Them if You Got Them

Microsoft has now yanked KB2863821 and KB4461522 after reports that it causes application crashes in the Office suite. After you install this update, you may experience crashes in Microsoft Access or other applications. To resolve this issue, uninstall the update by following the instructions in the “More information” section. This update is no longer available.    

Microsoft Sticks with its Regularly Scheduled Program, Releasing November’s First Tuesday Releases for Office

While some expected Microsoft to finally release the delayed Windows 10 1809 today, Microsoft instead stuck to its normal schedule. The first Tuesday of each month is for non-security updates for Microsoft Office products. As we reported recently, Microsoft will most likely rename  Windows 10 1809 and give it a less dramatic release as a regular cumulative update on Patch Tuesday. Here’s what available today for Microsoft Office: Office 2010 Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4461522) Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB2863821) Office 2013 Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4461482) Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB3178640) Office 2016 Update for Microsoft Office 2016 Language Interface Pack (KB4461475) Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4461505) Update for Microsoft Office 20...

Microsoft Launches Its Web Version of Sticky Notes

While the world waits for Windows 10 1809, Microsoft has now rolled out a web-based interface for its Sticky Notes app where customers using the app can gain access to saved notes from anywhere. Sticky Notes is available for Windows 10 1803 or greater, and iOS and Android through the OneNote app. Launched under the OneNote domain, users with an Office 365 subscription can find it here:   Want to get to your sticky notes from anywhere? How about on the web at !? Rolling out worldwide soon – give it a whirl and let us know what you think! More details: #WindowsInsiders #OneNote — Reza Jooyandeh 🌈 (@RezaJooyandeh) October 31, 2018  

Office 2019 Servers Released from Preview, Available to Commercial Customers Not Ready for the Cloud

Microsoft today has taken the wraps off its Office 2019 server products, including Exchange Server, Skype for Business Server, SharePoint Server, and Project Server. Today we’re pleased to announce the release of Exchange Server 2019, Skype for Business Server 2019, SharePoint Server 2019, and Project Server 2019. These four servers round out the Office 2019 release, a wave of product updates that started with the Office 2019 client apps released at Ignite in September. The Office 2019 servers have been in commercial preview since July. Office 365 delivers the most productive and most secure Office experience – with the lowest total cost of ownership for deployment and management.  However, for customers who aren’t yet ready to move to the cloud, Office 2019 provides an update to the on-pr...

Group Policy Administrative Templates Updated to Support Office 2019

Microsoft has now released updated Group Policy files to include support for customizing Office 2019 settings. Full support for: Office 365 ProPlus, Office 2019, and Office 2016 and also includes the OPAX/OPAL files for the Office Customization Tool (OCT) for Office 2016. Download: Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool for Office 365 ProPlus, Office 2019, and Office 2016   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!