Office XP Information You Can't Live Without

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Aug 7, 2001


Christopher Rice

    I have been getting a lot of feedback on the articles that I have done on Office XP in the past couple of weeks.  Again, I want to emphasize the fact that the XP edition is going to be head and shoulders above the present and past-day iterations of previous Office products.

I have been getting a lot of feedback on the articles that I have done on Office XP in the past couple of weeks. Again, I want to emphasize the fact that the XP edition is going to be head and shoulders above the present and past-day iterations of previous Office products.

    Gone are the days of Office being a loose term for the association of secretarial Microsoft Programs.  With Office XP, those programs will all be mere modules of the most powerful desktop program on the market (personal opinion, let me get off the soap box).

    Anyway, along with Office XP will come the new Resource Kit, which has been expanded to outlast the Office 2000 Resource Kit and its many limitations.  The focus of the resource kit is to make it easier to get Office into your environment than it has been in the past.  What's really cool is that Microsoft is constantly making changes and updates to this resource kit and as soon as changes are made, they are published to the following location:

http://www.microsoft.com/office/ork/xp/journ/Mar01_02.htm

    This will allow for people to stay current on the latest and greatest changes so they do not get caught off guard with known issues.

    Microsoft has posted a great deal of useful documentation that will allow you to plan your Office XP implementation so that it goes off without any hitches.  They have sections that provide "How To" type instructions for deploying into Windows 2000 as well as Windows NT 4 (wonder why they left out Linux?)

    I am going to list a few links to documentation that will prove valuable to you as you go forward with this technology:

    How to Determine Programmatically if Office XP is installed:

    http://www.microsoft.com/office/ork/xp/journ/prog0001.htm

    Applying a Configuration Maintenance File:

    http://www.microsoft.com/office/ork/xp/journ/cmwp0001.htm

    Planning an Office XP Deployment:

    http://www.microsoft.com/office/ork/xp/welcome/depf01.htm

    Office XP System Requirements:

    http://www.microsoft.com/office/ork/xp/welcome/depf02.htm

    Upgrading Reference:

    http://www.microsoft.com/office/ork/xp/welcome/depf04.htm

   

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns, fables or tales, or general chatter that you see fit.

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