Video: Learn how the new Office updates itself

Microsoft’s Office Blogs recently released a video in its Garage Series explaining how the new Click-To-Run version of the Office Suite updates itself and how that process differs from the MSI-based install.

Essentially, when Office checks for updates, it only streams down the delta bits of code.  So, for instance if you’re running a January version of Office 2013 installed via click-to-run, and Office gets updated in April and only 10% of the bits have changed, your computer will only need to download the 10% difference.

When you install Office, two scheduled tasks get created to check for updates.

  • One task is triggered to run ​at each login
  • Another task is triggered to run at 3 AM, 3 times/week

The team also talks about how to distribute these updates manually via SCCM.  Watch the video below for more detail (oh, and a ride in a Ferrari F430 Spider).

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Microsoft Releases Exchange 2013 Server Role Requirements Calculator

Finally!  The long-awaited role requirements calculator was released today by Ross Smith IV via Microsoft’s Exchange Team Blog.

You can download the calculator here and read Ross’ article here.

Unlike the previous version of the calculator for Exchange 2010 (which only focused on the Mailbox server role), the new requirements calculator includes sizing recommendations for both the Client Access role and the Mailbox role for Exchange 2013.

Microsoft continues to recommend deploying multi-role servers (installing CAS and Mailbox roles both on the same server).

  

Learn Office at lunch in 15 minutes

Ever wanted to learn about how to use more features of Word or Excel or understand the basics of SharePoint or SkyDrive?  Microsoft’s Office Blog features weekly 15-minute video webinars on various Office topics every Tuesday from 9:15-9:30 Pacific time (12:15-12:30 Eastern).

Visit http://aka.ms/offweb to see a list of past webinars and to download a calendar reminder for the series so that you never miss one.

You can watch A Beginner’s Guide to SharePoint below:

  

Microsoft brings support for Office 365 to Office for Mac 2011

This week, Apple Insider reported that Microsoft has released patches and updates to the Office for Mac 2011 suite. The most important update perhaps is the new ability to better integrate with Office 365 for existing Office for Mac 2011 users.

Now, users get a better co-authoring experience with their Windows OS team mates as well as the ability to save files to SkyDrive and SharePoint. For a more details about this patch (KB2454823) visit this Microsoft Support Website or to download the patch, visit this Microsoft Download page.

Manually Switch OWA UI to Tablet or Mobile Layout in the browser

The New Office 365 and Exchange 2013 have some significant improvements in the Outlook Web App (OWA) experience. One of the most significant changes is enhanced support for increasingly popular devices such as tablets and mobile phones.

With Exchange 2013, part of the New Office 365, OWA now senses if its being run in a tablet or mobile device web browser and automatically changes the UI layout to provide a better experience on that device. Microsoft announced this functionality in an Exchange Team Blog post last August.

However, you don’t have to be using either of those devices to see these two new UI formats. You can see them in your desktop browser by appending the following at the end of the OWA URL in the address bar of your browser:

/?layout=twide
for the tablet layout
/?layout=tnarrow
for the mobile phone layout.
(For example: https://pod00000.outlook.com/owa/?layout=tnarrow)

This is particularly useful as the Safari for Windows browser only supports the OWA Light experience; but I’ve been able to get it to display the enhanced tablet layout in Windows with my Office 365 mailbox.

Below is the standard Desktop Layout:


Appending /?layout=twide in the URL in my address bar results in this format:


And if I use
/?layout=tnarrow
in the URL I get the mobile format:


Proof this works with Safari for Windows is below. Keep in mind, that the ability to render the Tablet or Mobile UI in Safari for Windows may be based on the patch level of the servers on which your mailbox resides. Microsoft is continually rolling out new features and patches to the Office 365 farm so this may be evidence of a new feature that’s coming in a future Cumulative Update (CU) that’s not fully rolled-out yet.