Try Exchange, Sharepoint and Lync 2013 preview releases.

Be one of the first to find out what’s coming next by exploring preview versions of these powerful business products.

SharePoint 2013

The newest SharePoint is designed to help everyone in your organization share content and ideas, organize teams and projects, and discover connections to get work done.

  • Share documents easily from SharePoint or any Office application, and track the people you’ve shared them with.
  • Follow sites, documents, and people with updates delivered to your activity feed.
  • Share ideas and tap into the knowledge of specialists from across your organization.
  • Search for documents, people, discussions, and #tags from anywhere in SharePoint.
  • Discover and trial third party apps in the marketplace to customize your SharePoint sites.

How to try

With Office 365 Small Business Premium Preview
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With Office 365 Enterprise Preview
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For IT Pros, try the SharePoint Server 2013 Preview

Exchange 2013

The newest Exchange enables you to increase user productivity and keep your organization safe, while maintaining the control you need.

  • Move to the cloud on your terms with flexible migration options.
  • Help your users do more on any device, manage increasing volumes of email, and work together more effectively as teams.
  • Protect business communications and sensitive information as you meet internal and regulatory compliance requirements.

How to try

With Office 365 Small Business Premium Preview
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With Office 365 Enterprise Preview
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For IT Pros, try Exchange Server 2013 Preview

Lync 2013

The newest Lync is an enterprise-ready, unified communications platform that connects people everywhere on Windows 8 and other devices.

  • Use a single, unified client for real-time communications, including voice and video calls, Lync meetings, presence, instant messaging, and persistent chat.
  • Get HD video conferencing across a range of devices. The Lync video gallery allows Lync meeting attendees to simultaneously view up to 5 different participants, identify the active speaker, and associate names with faces.

How to try

With Office 365 Small Business Premium Preview
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With Office 365 Enterprise Preview
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For IT Pros, try the Lync Server 2013 Preview

Office Web Apps Server 2013

With Office Web Apps Server, your users get browser-based productivity from nearly any device on your terms and within your own private network.

  • Keep your users productive and working together, no matter where they are or what device or software they have, using browser-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.
  • Manage updates to Web Apps Server independent of other products with standalone server deployment and configuration.
  • Get simple, seamless integration with your existing servers including Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, line-of-business applications and file shares.

Project 2013

The new Project offers flexible service or on-premises solutions for project portfolio management (PPM) and everyday work. Try it in these three versions:

  • Project Online Preview is our online solution that gives you flexible options for achieving strategic priorities while helping your team deliver efficiently from virtually anywhere.
  • Try Project Server 2013 Preview, our on-premises solution to set clear strategic priorities and help your team execute effectively against them.
  • With Project Professional 2013 Preview you can call or instant message right from your project with Lync*—just two new ways to improve collaboration while keeping your team productive and on track. (* Requires Lync Online or Lync 2013, which are sold separately.)

Visio 2013

The new Visio lets you easily create professional, versatile diagrams that help you organize and make sense of complex information.

  • Create diagrams more intuitively—including new and updated shapes and stencils, improved effects, and themes.
  • Make your diagrams more dynamic by linking shapes to real-time data, and then share them with others via Visio Services in SharePoint—even if they don’t have Visio installed.
  • Simplify teamwork with new coauthoring features.

Office Professional Plus 2013

For IT pros, you can also try the Office Professional Plus 2013 MSI-based installation, which includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Access, Publisher, and Lync. Note that this is not the Click-to-Run installation used by Office 365 ProPlus and does not support fast streaming installation or side-by-side operation with older versions of Office. In addition, you must uninstall the existing version of Office on your PC to try Office Professional Plus 2013.

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Download the 180-Day Trial

Lync™ Server 2010 let your users in a new connected experience transforming communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging, and accessible from virtually any location with internet connectivity. A single interface unites voice, IM, audio-, video-, and web-conferencing into a richer, more contextual offering, and a single identity makes it easier and more efficient for users to find contacts, check their availability, and connect with them. Lync Server 2010 works consistently with Microsoft Office, enriching the experience of familiar applications like Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft SharePoint, and more.

Need more information? See the product details page.

To evaluate Microsoft Lync Server 2010, you will also need to download the client software, Microsoft Lync 2010 (available after registration).


Other Microsoft Lync Downloads;

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Release Notes
Lync Server 2010 Monitoring Management Pack
Microsoft Lync 2010 Voice and Video Training
Microsoft Lync 2010 Training
Microsoft Lync 2010 Web App Training
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Protocol Workloads Poster
Lync Adoption and Training Downloads
Lync 2010 Quick Start Guides
Lync 2010 Work Smart Guides
Microsoft Lync 2010 Delegate Training
Microsoft Lync 2010 RGS Training
Microsoft Lync 2010 IM and Presence Training
Microsoft Lync 2010 Conferencing and Collaboration Training
Microsoft Lync 2010 Attendant Training
Microsoft Lync 2010 Phone Edition for Polycom CX700 and LG-Nortel IP Phone 8540
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Group Chat
Lync 2010 Group Chat
Microsoft Lync 2010 Phone Edition for Polycom CX500, Polycom CX600 and Polycom CX3000
Unified Communications Enhanced Presence Schemas for Microsoft Lync Server 2010
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 SDK

Web page to search group policy’s from Microsoft

So.. have you ever tried to find the registry setting for a specific group policy setting, or just tried to actually find the group policy setting you needed and couldn’t quite remember where it was?

Under MSDN Microsoft has launched a new site called http://gps.cloudapp.net this site is awesome! The site will allow you to search for group policy settings, filter by Internet Explorer version, office version and others and browse by registry or by policy.

But this tool makes it much easier to find the right settings and apply them either with registry hacks or policy objects.

This is a quick example of a search on hide drives which is pretty commonly used but still..

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Office 2010 Downloads

Office 2010 Pro: http://www.microsoft.com/office/2010/en/default.aspx

64-bit Client Installation of Office 2010

Describes and illustrates the 64-bit client installation of Office 2010.

Microsoft Office Web Apps (Beta)

Microsoft Office Web Apps are new web-based tools that extend the Microsoft Office 2010 experience to your browser. Office Web Apps enable you to view, do light editing, and share your Office documents from virtually anywhere. With these online companions to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote you’ll always have the tools you need, wherever you are.

Project 2010 Reference: Software Development Kit

The Microsoft Project 2010 (Beta) SDK contains documentation, code samples, “How to” articles, and programming references to help customize and integrate the Project 2010 clients and Project Server 2010 with other applications for enterprise project management.

Download details FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Beta

For organizations looking to help users find information and expertise quickly and easily through a search capability able to address their most challenging needs – includes all the search features and integration capabilities of SharePoint Server 2010, plus a more engaging and conversational search experience, use of context to provide specific search experiences for different needs (such as departments or geographies), advanced content processing capabilities that create metadata and add structure to unstructured content, and deep platform flexibility, scalability, and extensibility. For use with SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition.

Download details FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Internet Sites Beta

For customers looking to offer engaging and conversational search experiences on websites using SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites – this product also adds powerful content processing that enhances the meaning and structure of your information, along with deep platform flexibility and search scalability. For use with SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites, Enterprise Edition.

Download details SharePoint Foundation 2010

This download contains an installable version of Windows SharePoint Services 2010 Beta, that can be used to assess and test the new functionality in this release.

Download details Access Database Engine 2010

This download will install a set of components that can be used by non-Microsoft Office applications to read data from and write data to 2010 Office system files such as Microsoft Access 2010 (mdb and accdb) files and Microsoft Excel 2010 (xls, xlsx, and xlsb) files. Connectivity to text files is also supported.
ODBC and OLEDB drivers are installed for application developers to use in developing their applications with connectivity to Office file formats.

Download details Visio 2010 (Beta) Viewer

The Visio 2010 (Beta) Viewer allows anyone to view Visio drawings and diagrams (created with Visio 5.0, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, or 2010) inside their Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.0 or later Web browser.

Download details Visio 2010 (Beta) Software Development Kit

The Microsoft Office Visio 2010 (Beta) Software Development Kit (SDK) contains the latest documentation, samples, header files, libraries and tools that you need to develop custom solutions for Microsoft Office Visio 2010 (Beta).

Download details Microsoft Project Professional 2010 Beta x64

Microsoft Project Professional 2010 Beta gives you powerful, visually enhanced ways to successfully manage and deliver a wide range of projects. Easier and more intuitive, Project Professional 2010 Beta provides flexible choices to simplify planning, collaboration and resource management.

Download details Microsoft Project Professional 2010 Beta 32 bit

Download details Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2010 Beta

Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2010 provides contact management, sales, marketing and project management for the small business or small team.

Download details Office 2010 (Beta) Administrative Templates and OCT

This download includes updated Group Policy Administrative Template and Office Customization Tool OPA files; an updated Office Customization Tool; and ADMX and ADML versions of the Administrative Template files.

Office 2010 KMS Host License Pack

Volume editions of Microsoft Office 2010 client products require activation. Key Management Service (KMS) is a local volume activation method. To activate your Office 2010 client installations with KMS, you will need to set up a KMS host.

SharePoint 2010 Products Beta MP

A System Center Management Pack for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products Beta (the product are: SharePoint Server 2010, Project Server 2010, Search Server 2010).

SharePoint Foundation 2010 (Beta) MP

A System Center Management Pack for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 Beta.

Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2010 Beta

Beta release of Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 (Beta) Filter Packs

Microsoft Office 2010 (Beta) Filter Packs

Access 2010 Beta Download: Access Runtime

The Microsoft Office Access 2010 Runtime enables you to distribute Access 2010 applications to users who do not have the full version of Access 2010 installed on their computers.

Microsoft Visio 2010 Beta

This download contains the Microsoft Visio 2010 Beta release.

SharePoint Server for Internet Sites Enterprise 2010 Beta

This is a Beta version of SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites, Enterprise that enables extranet and internet sites using the full power of SharePoint Server 2010, the business collaboration platform for the Enterprise and the Web.

Microsoft Visio 2010 Beta

This download contains the Microsoft Visio 2010 Beta release.

SharePoint Server for Internet Sites Enterprise 2010 Beta

This is a Beta version of SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites, Enterprise that enables extranet and internet sites using the full power of SharePoint Server 2010, the business collaboration platform for the Enterprise and the Web.

SharePoint Server 2010 Beta

This is a Beta version of SharePoint Server 2010, the business collaboration platform for the Enterprise and the Web.

SharePoint Server 2010 Beta

This is a Beta version of SharePoint Server 2010, the business collaboration platform for the Enterprise and the Web.

Search Server 2010 Express Beta

This is a Beta version of Search Server 2010 Express.

SharePoint Designer 2010 Beta

This is a Beta version of SharePoint Designer 2010, the tool of choice for the rapid development of SharePoint applications.

SharePoint Designer 2010 Beta

This is a Beta version of SharePoint Designer 2010, the tool of choice for the rapid development of SharePoint applications.

Microsoft Project Server 2010 Beta

Project Server 2010 Beta ensures organizations select and deliver the right projects, while gaining greater visibility and control of resources leading to improved productivity and better business performance.

Beta Office 2010 & Sharepoint 2010 on MSDN & Technet Plus!

Microsoft has release the beta versions of Office & Sharepoint 2010 on technet and MSDN

Microsoft Office 2010 will become available in a x86 and x64 version. Sharepoint 2010 will only be available in x64 version only.

Microsoft is planning to release the  Microsoft Office 2010 products in Q1 next year (2010).

More information about the Office 2010 products on http://www.microsoft.com/office/2010/

Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP2 released!

Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 (WSUS 3.0 SP2) delivers updates to corporate environments from Microsoft Update. This release adds new features and fixes issues found since the release of the product.

WSUS 3.0 SP2 delivers important customer-requested management, stability, and performance improvements. Some of the features and improvements include the following:

  • Integration with Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • Support for the BranchCache feature in Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • Support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 clients.
  • Compliance Report
  • Windows Update Agent (WUA) offers a collection of performance enhancements, user experience improvements, and bug fixes software updates.

WSUS 3.0 SP2 can be installed alone, or as an upgrade of WSUS 3.0 SP1.
This package installs both the WSUS 3.0 SP2 Server, WSUS 3.0 SP2 Administration Console components and WUA client for down-level operating system. You must install the server components on a computer that is running on Windows Server 2003 SP2 or later versions. You may install the Administration Console on a remote computer that is running one of the supported operating systems, see below the Supported Operating Systems section.
WSUS 3.0 SP2 Server Installation on Windows Small Business Server 2003
If you are installing the WSUS 3.0 SP2 product on Windows Small Business Server 2003, follow the instructions in Installing Windows Server Update Services 3.0 on Windows Small Business Server 2003.

Download Here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=a206ae20-2695-436c-9578-3403a7d46e40#tm

The 2007 Office System Service Pack 2 coming in April!

Service Pack 2 for the 2007 Office System will be made available to Windows Server Update Services in April, classified as a service pack.
Service Pack 2 includes some significant work, including: built-in ability to save as ODF & PDF formats, improvements to Outlook’s performance and calendar reliability, significant bug fixes for charts in core Office applications, the ability for client service packs to be removed using an uninstall tool, and a host of customer-requested improvements to the Office Server products.

Of course it is also a rollup of all fixes that have previously been released for Office 2007 products.  Additional information will be posted to the Office Sustaining Engineering blog

Office 2003 Citrix and Terminal Services problems

Configuring Office settings for all users of a Terminal Server is best done with Group Policies. Download the Office 2003 Resource Kit and the latest Office 2003 SP2 Administrative templates. Be sure to read the installation instructions.

Deploying Office 2003 in a Windows Terminal Services Environment

828955 – How to install Office 2003 or Office XP on a computer that is running Windows Terminal Server

308263 – How to create a Custom Maintenance Wizard file for updating installation options after you deploy a custom installation of Office

827708 – During a Windows 2000 Terminal Services session, the Office 2003 Setup program stops responding

911682 – Windows Installer-related event IDs are logged in the Application log when you start an Office program

823586 – How to turn off the speech recognition and the handwriting recognition features in Office 2003

899117 – User settings issues are not resolved when you reinstall or repair Office programs on a computer that is running Terminal Services – Office 2003, XP and 2000

885380 – Every other time that you open a document in Word, the document opens in recovery mode or you receive an error message

891298 – When you try to open or to save a file in an Office XP program that is running in a Terminal Server session, the Office XP program may unexpectedly quit

821257 – “Not Enough Memory” Error Message When You Search for Clips in an Office Document During a Terminal Services Session – Office 2003 and XP, pre-SP5 hotfix

282599 – Frequently asked questions about Ctfmon.exe

287039 – Cannot Start a Trial Version of Office XP or Office 2003 on Terminal Server

828956 – Running Multiple Versions of Microsoft Office with Office 2003

931946 – The “From Camera or Scanner” menu option is unavailable in Office XP and Office 2003 programs during a terminal server session

Registration information Office incorrect

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Common\UserInfo Change the 11.0 to whatever version your office is 9.0 or 10.0 I forget. Delete that from the current user profile.  Then go to HKLM\software\microsoft\windows nt\currentversion\terminal server\install\software\microsoft\office\11.0\common\userinfo and see if the setting is there as well and delete that.  that portion is the shadow key and is why it’s being distributed to everyone.

Word specific issues

917056 – Text is slow to appear or to disappear when you type or delete text in a table when you are using Word 2003 on a Terminal Server client – fixed in Word 2003 post-Service Pack 2 Hotfix

Excel specific issues

916592 – Error message when you try to reactivate (switch to) a terminal services session in which Excel is running: “Not enough system resources to display completely”

313683 – XL2002: Can See Other Users’ Printers in Terminal Server Session

Misc. Office 2003 / XP / 2002 issues

922688 – Picture Manager does not start when you double-click a file on a computer that is running Terminal Services

898470 – OneNote 2003 appears pixilated when you run OneNote 2003 in a Terminal Server client

944630 – You cannot move, close, or hide the Live Meeting 2005 sharing toolbar when you connect to a Live Meeting 2005 session in a Citrix MetaFrame-based environment

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