Windows recommends PowerPoint Viewer 2007 though there is a 2010 version

While working on my Windows 8 test client, I downloaded a PowerPoint file and because I don’t have Office installed Windows prompts me how I would like to open this file. Knowing that it will point me to the PowerPoint Viewer I choose to look for an app on the web. But surprisingly the Windows File Association information site recommendation lists Microsoft Power Point 2007 and PowerPoint Viewer 2007. So I start to wonder whether Read More …

How to avoid KMS becoming a challenge in your Windows 7 deployment project

I’ve been involved in Windows 7 deployments since the Beta came out in 2009 and before Windows 7 there was Vista, XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT and even Windows 3.11 and although over time the technology has changed the basic challenges of every migration remained the same. If today someone asks me what I consider as being one of the top 10 challenges I’ve seen in Windows 7 deployment projects I must mention KMS. Yes Read More …

Microsoft Office 2010 System End User Training Toolkit

In addition to the Office 2010 Migration Guides that are available since a while Microsoft recently published the Microsoft Office 2010 System End User Training Toolkit. The Microsoft Office 2010 End User Training Kit is a set of end-user training content for Microsoft Office 2010 and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. Users can either download the full Office 2003 to 2010 or 2007 to 2010 upgrade Toolkit or select a training toolkit for Read More …

Tip: How to extract Office 2010 Customization file content (MSP)

If you have an Office 2010 installation that is customized by use of the Office customization tool the customizations are stored within an MSP file that uses Extensible Markup Language (XML) format. To extract the content you can use a vbscript that Microsoft has published on TechNet – View Office Customization Tool output in Office 2010 Simply copy paste the code provided within the article into a file called ExtractOctXml.vbs and then run the following Read More …

ReadTip: Resources for Windows and Office license activation with XenDesktop

Below just a few resources I have collected related to Windows and Office license activation with XenDesktop. Licensing is not an exciting topic but we have to deal with it anyway. KMS Configuration using Citrix Provisioning Services Citrix Managing Microsoft KMS Volume Licensing Citrix Configuring Microsoft MAK Volume Licensing Citrix XenDesktop 5 Support Statement for Microsoft KMS activation with Machine Creation Services (MCS) Licensing Windows for VDI environments What is Microsoft VDA Licensing?

Tip: Broadcast your PowerPoint Presentation

Did you know that with PowerPoint 2010 you can broadcast your presentation over the internet? Well I didn’t. And I must say this is a really cool feature, especially when taking into account that sometimes it can be quite a challenge to get multiple participants join a virtual conference like Microsoft Live Meeting or similar live conference system. (especially when you collaborate with customers that work in a locked down environment and can’t install things Read More …

ToolTip: Office 2010 Resource Kit Technical Library in Compiled Help format

For those that frequently need access to the Office 2010 Resource Kit, here’s an offline version available as downloadable CHM file. Download from here In case you can’t open the CHM file, select file properties and Unlock the file.

ReadTip: Planning guide for Microsoft Office 2010

For anyone who is somehow involved in a Office 2010 deployment planning I strongly recommend reading the Planning Guide for Microsoft Office 2010. Microsoft just released an updated version. Don’t be shocked, the document counts 458 pages, but does contain a lot of useful and interesting information. And in case you aren’t aware already about the KMS requirements for Office 2010, read the Office 2010 KMS Server Requirements blog post, I mention this often when Read More …

ReadTip: Microsoft Office 2010 – Under the Hood Investments for Hardware and Performance

This whitepaper highlights the broad range of hardware supported by Microsoft® Office 2010 and describes the significant improvements in performance available in Office 2010. Results from internal testing by Microsoft are included to demonstrate the measurable performance gains users can experience when performing common tasks using different Office 2010 applications. These results indicate that in some cases uses can expect performance gains of 90% or higher compared with using corresponding Office 2007 applications. I just Read More …

ToolTip: UbitMenu for Office 2007 and 2010

For those that do still struggle with the Office Ribbon here’s a nice add-on from Ubit Software that brings back the classic menu for Office 2007 and Office 2010. UbitMenu for Office 2007 and 2010 is free for private use. Download UbitMenu from here