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Office 2013 – An IT Pro’s Perspective, 22 Years Later

Over 20 years ago I deployed the first Office suite “Microsoft Office for Windows”.  Wow! I was blown away…so much productivity packed into those three products (at the time Office only offered Word, Excel and PowerPoint)!

Jump ahead 22 years...we’re still at it. We’ve just unveiled the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office. Over the years, it’s gotten better, more flexible, more agile and more powerful. And again, it’s changing the game. Changing it to fit our time, fit our need.  It presents answers to everyday scenarios, whether they be taking notes in a class or in a business meeting. Communicating with colleagues and family alike.

It features an intuitive design that just works - with touch, with stylus, with mouse or with keyboard.  And it does it across a new breed of Windows devices, including tablets.  Leveraging the cloud it ensures that you can get to your data wherever you may be. It is literally a cloud-ready platform.

One thing that has not changed in the past 22 years: IT professionals are still being called upon to deploy and support it. But fear not, there is help! Resources are available to show you how to configure, validate, deploy, and protect your Office installation.

As I’ve said before, I’m a tactile learner and I need to put my hand on the product to learn it. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to do the same.


·         Visit the Office Customer Preview site to ascertain which flavor is best for you

o   Office 365 for Home

o   Office 365 for Small Business

o   Office 365 for Enterprise

·         Download Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus Preview and start exploring

·         Learn more about the new Office (refer back to this link often as I’ll be updating it as new resources become available)




Pierre Roman, MCITP, ITIL |  Technical Evangelist| Twitter|




Resources, Tools and Training

·  New Tutorial: Enterprise Information Management using SSIS, MDS, and DQS Together
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·  Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Compatibility Cookbook
Find information about changes to and new features of the Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 operating systems. This guide provides guidelines for developers to verify the compatibility of their existing and planned apps with the new operating systems.

·  Microsoft Virtual Academy: Enable the Consumerization of IT
Learn how Microsoft can help you responsibly enable bring-your-own-device (BYOD) scenarios inside of your organization. This new Microsoft Virtual Academy track provides a 200-level overview of this important IT trend then delves into 300-level resources designed to help you understand specific scenarios across various Microsoft products such as System Center Configuration Manager 2012. 



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