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Want to install Office 2010? – Use this Assessment Tool (OEAT)

This is a comprehensive Environment scanning tool (OEAT) for use in deploying Microsoft Office 2010.  This tool (along with documentation) assists a customer in the assessment phase of deployment. It identifies:

  • Currently installed applications and installation environment
  • Add-ins currently in use by Office clients
  • Programs that are not registered as add-ins but still interact with Office programs
  • Provides a report on the Environmental assessment (potential upgrade issues)
  • Also reports the  Add-ins assessment–list of third party programs and information about the compatibility of those programs with Microsoft Office 2010

You can download this Assesment Tool (OEAT) here!!!

When you execute the downloaded exe, it wil show a dialog to extract the files. (Select a folder, where the application has permission to write the files into)

Once extracted, there will be 2 files in the folder (OEAT.exe and Readme). On executing the OEAT.exe, you will see the Assesment Tool,

Use the option 1, if you are running it for an individual machine. Administrators can choose Option 2, to run a Wizard for advanced configuration like passive scan, UNC Path, Hidden execution options.  Invoking this button, will first scan your machine and create a XML file report and create it in the same location of the executable. Check a sample xml file below.

Once the scan is complete (either by Option 1 or 2)., you can compile the report. This will compress the collected data, compile them into readable format and gives the output in a excel file. On clicking the button “Compile Results”

You can Review the excel sheet (which is present in the same folder of the OEAT.exe), to analyze the follow different parameters,

  1. Machine Summary Report
  2. All Installed Addin
  3. Installed Addins which were not shipped with Office
  4. Disk Space
  5. 32bit vs. 64bit
  6. Antivirus State

For information on getting started, please see OEAT Quick Start Guide and OEAT User Manual

I would also recommend you download and use the Office 2010 Compatibility Inspector to check the Code Compatibility for Office 2010.

The key features of the Office Code Compatibility Inspector include the following:

  • It consists of four add-ins that load, one add-in per application, in Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Word 2010, and Visual Studio 2008.
  • It runs on a per-user or a per-document basis. For VBA, users open a document and run the tool from the Developer tab. For Visual Studio projects, the developer runs the tool from the Tools menu.
  • It adds comments in the code where it finds other potential issues.
  • It displays a summary and a detailed report of its findings after it completes its inspection.
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Want to develop Office Business Applications (OBA)? – Training Kit Available

Microsoft Office 2010 Beta is a broadly extensible platform for building information worker productivity solutions and developing for Office with Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 makes this easy. The Office 2010 Developer Training Kit content is designed to help developers get started building solutions, from add-ins to full featured Office Business Applications (OBAs), using Visual Studio 2010 with Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 as the core platform.

Check the Office Learning Center on Channel 9 page or click here

image004This training kit is an offline complement to the Office Learning Center and provides links to the videos but the hands-on labs (HOLs), source code and presentations will be conveniently available on the local machine. This is the same content that we developed for the Metro early adoption program, which we are now making broadly available to Office developers everywhere! So, whether an ISV developing a product on top Office, an enterprise developer looking for ways to enable process efficiencies through Office customization and SharePoint integration, or a developer that wants to just build cool add-ins for Office, encourage them to download the training kit and get started. The possibilities and scenarios that are now available with Office 2010 and Office coupled with SharePoint 2010 are very exciting.

Each of the HOLs in the training kit have a number of exercises to incrementally present the concepts and help the developer build their skills. The labs included in the training kit are:

  • Getting Started with Office 2010 Development
  • Office 2010 UI Customizations
  • Client Workflow
  • Security and Deployment
  • Open XML
  • InfoPath and Forms Services
  • Business Connectivity Services
  • Office 2010 Service Applications
  • Developing BI Applications

Check the Office Learning Center on Channel 9 page or click here

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Why should you look at Office 2010?

Microsoft Office 2010 offers flexible and powerful new ways to deliver your best work — at the office, at home or at school. Create standout reports and presentations with tools that help you capture your ideas more creatively. Stay connected to your projects, even when you’re away from your computer, with access to Office files via Web browser or smartphone. Work efficiently with others by sharing, editing and reviewing files at the same time — even across geographies and time zones. With Office 2010, you’re in control, getting things done and producing amazing results however and wherever you work best.

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1. Express your ideas more visually

Office 2010 opens up a world of design options to help you give life to your ideas. The new and improved picture formatting tools such as color saturation and artistic effects let you transform your document visuals into a work of art. Combined with a wide range of new pre-built Office themes and SmartArt® graphic layouts, Office 2010 gives you more ways to make your ideas stick.

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2 Accomplish more when working together

Brainstorm ideas, provide better version control, and meet deadlines faster when you work in groups. The co-authoring experience for Microsoft® Word 2010, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, Microsoft® Excel Web App and Microsoft OneNote shared notebooks let you work on a file with several people at once – even from different locations.

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3 Enjoy the familiar Office experience from more locations and more devices

With Office 2010, you can get things done more easily, from more locations and more devices. Using a smartphone or virtually any computer with an Internet connection, you can work when and where you want to work.

Microsoft Office Web Apps – Extend your Office 2010 experience to the Web. Store your Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote files online and then access, view, edit, and share content through the web.
 
Microsoft Office Mobile 2010  – Stay current and respond quickly using enhanced mobile versions of Office 2010 applications, specifically suited to your Windows Mobile-based smartphone.

Microsoft SharePoint® Workspace 2010 – Synchronize SharePoint 2010 lists and libraries with SharePoint Workspace, formerly known as Microsoft Office Groove, so you can access, view and edit files anytime and anywhere from your computer. Everything will automatically sync to the SharePoint server when you’re back online.

64 Create powerful data insights and visuals

Track and highlight important trends with new data analysis and visualization features in Excel 2010. The new Sparklines feature delivers a clear and compact visual representation of your data with small charts within worksheet cells. Filter and segment your PivotTable data in multiple layers using Slicers to spend more time analyzing and less time formatting.
 
5 Deliver compelling presentations

Captivate your audience with personalized videos in your presentation. Insert and customize videos directly in PowerPoint 2010—trim, add fades and effects, or bookmark key points in the video to call attention to selected scenes. Videos you insert are now embedded by default, relieving you from managing and sending additional video files.

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6 Manage large volumes of e-mail with ease

Compress your long e-mail threads into a few conversations that can be categorized, filed, ignored, or cleaned up. The new Quick Steps feature let you perform multi-command tasks, such as reply and delete an e-mail in a single click, saving you time and in-box space.
 
7 Store and track all your ideas and notes in one place

Get the ultimate digital notebook for tracking, organizing, and sharing your text, picture, video and audio notes with OneNote 2010. New features such as version tracking, automatic highlighting, and Linked Notes give you more control over your notes so you’re always on top of where your ideas came from and the latest changes when working in teams.

8 Get your message out instantly

Broadcast your PowerPoint presentation to a remote audience, whether or not they have PowerPoint installed.5 The new Broadcast Slide Show feature allows you to share your presentation through a web browser quickly without additional set up.

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9 Get things done faster and easier

Microsoft Office Backstage™ view replaces the traditional File menu to give you a centralized space for all of your file management tasks, such as the ability to save, share, print, and publish. The enhanced Ribbon across Office 2010 applications lets you access commands quickly and customize tabs to personalize the experience to your work style.

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10 Access work across devices and platforms; Stay connected to your business and social networks.

Enjoy the freedom of using Office 2010 from more locations on more devices. When you use Microsoft® Office 2010, you’re getting the familiar and intuitive Office experience across PCs, Smartphones, and Web browsers on the go. Outlook 2010 is your hub for colleagues, customers, and friends. Use Outlook Social Connector to quickly view history of e-mails, meetings or attachments you receive from individuals. Get additional information about people, such as mutual connections and other social information, through SharePoint My Site, Windows Live™ or other popular third-party sites, to stay on top of your business and social circles.

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Download Ebook – “First Look: Microsoft Office 2010, by Katherine Murray”

For a limited time you can download this free e-book on Office 2010 without stepping through any registration. This ebook offers 14 chapters of early content, organized like so:

2010Part I, “Envision the Possibilities,” introduces you to the changes in Office 2010 and shows you how you can make the most of the new features to fit the way you work today.

  • Chapter 1, “Welcome to Office 2010,” gives you a play-by-play introduction to new features;
  • Chapter 2, “Express Yourself Effectively and Efficiently,” details the great feature enhancements and visual effects throughout the applications; and
  • Chapter 3, “Work Anywhere with Office 2010,” explores the flexibility factor by presenting a set of scenarios that enable users to complete their work no matter where their path takes them.

Part II, “Hit the Ground Running,” focuses on each of the Office 2010 applications in turn, spotlighting the key new features and showing how they relate to the whole. These chapters provide a how-to guide for many of the top features you’re likely to use right off the bat, and they offer inspiring ideas on how to get the most from your favorite applications.

Part III, “Next Steps with Office 2010,” zooms up to the big picture and provides examples to help you think through interoperability. How often do you use the various Office applications together? Customer research shows that people often don’t realize how well the applications work together as a complete system—which means they might be laboring over items they could easily incorporate from somewhere else. This part of the book provides examples for integrating the applications and explores Office 2010 security and training opportunities, as well.

You can download this free ebook by Katherine Murray: here it is (in XPS) and here it is (in PDF). 14 chapters: dive in and enjoy!