Office 2007 Deployment Resources for End Users

I get asked a lot from customers about information to help them deploy Office 2007 to their organisation.  Not about the technical bits to make it happen - but the interesting part is about how to get the organisation and the people ready for the new Ribbon User Interface and new Open XML file formats.

Here is a list of things I frequently send out, and if you are reading this you could very well have been sent this link in an email from me.

The Best Hidden Gems

Absolutely the best two major hidden gems you need to be  aware of related to End User Experience with Office 2007 are “Search Commands” and the “Enterprise Learning Framework”.

1) Search Commands – this is a free add in that allows people to search using English terms to find the command they are looking for.  It is an exceptionally useful tool, I highly, highly recommend it.  It really helps users with the transition to the improved Office 2007 interface.  You can download it here:  http://www.officelabs.com/projects/searchcommands/Pages/default.aspx

2) Enterprise Learning Framework (ELF) - this is a structured way to approach the organisational changes and communication to your people about the Office 2007 roll out.  After stepping through a wizard  the ELF will give you the content you should send out to the users 1 month before deployment, 1 week before, the day before, the day of, and other time frames after the deployment.  This is a great tool that does your thinking and email composition to your people for you!http://www.microsoft.com/technet/desktopdeployment/bdd/elf/welcome.aspx

 

Other Things

Other material is included below to help you and end users with the transition.

Part 1 – Office Online Material – Product focused

Part 2 – Internal material we have made public which is scenario based

Part 1

Here is a list of the Office Online training and reference materials for the Office Clients

Web-based interactive command reference guides (also available for download; follow the links in the articles to the downloadable versions)

Interactive: Word 2003 to Word 2007 command reference guide

Interactive: PowerPoint 2003 to PowerPoint 2007 command reference guide

Interactive: Excel 2003 to Excel 2007 command reference guide

Interactive: Outlook 2003 to Outlook 2007 command reference guide

Interactive: Access 2003 to Access 2007 command reference guide

Training courses

Up to speed with Outlook 2007

Up to speed with Access 2007

Up to speed with Excel 2007

Up to speed with Word 2007

Up to speed with the 2007 Office system

Up to speed with PowerPoint 2007

Videos (basically 5-min versions of the training courses)

Demo: Up to speed with Outlook 2007

Demo: Up to speed with Access 2007

Demo: Up to speed with Excel 2007

Demo: Up to speed with PowerPoint 2007

Demo: Up to speed with Word 2007

Full lists of 2003-2007 command equivalents (article and downloadable spreadsheet)

Reference: Locations of Word 2003 commands in Word 2007

Reference: Locations of Outlook 2003 commands in Outlook 2007

Reference: Locations of Access 2003 commands in Access 2007

Reference: Locations of PowerPoint 2003 commands in PowerPoint 2007

Reference: Locations of Excel 2003 commands in Excel 2007

An easy way to get to all of these resources to use the downloadable “tab” add-ins that put links them and some other Office Online locations right into the ribbon in a few of the products. You can find those downloadable add-ins here:

Excel 2007 Add-in: Get Started Tab for Excel 2007

Word 2007 Add-in: Get Started Tab for Word 2007

PowerPoint 2007 Add-in: Get Started Tab for PowerPoint 2007

Part 2

In addition to our Office Online material above there is the Microsoft IT created Everyday Productivity Education (EPE) program to bridge the gap between technology and users. EPE provides employees with simple, scenario-based, best-use productivity aids on Microsoft products and technologies. These are based on our own internal training resources

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb687781.aspx

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· Microsoft Office Charts and SmartArt
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· Microsoft Office Styles Get Started
· Microsoft Office Tasks Get Started
· Microsoft Office Tasks Learn More
· OneNote 2007 Overview
· OneNote 2007 Learn More

Everyday Work

· Windows Vista and Microsoft Office Work Smarter Checklist
· InfoPath 2007 Forms Get Started

E-Mail and Time and Task Management

· E-Mail Basics Get Started
· Outlook 2007 E-Mail Signatures Get Started
· Outlook 2007 E-Mail Rules Get Started
· Outlook 2007 Out of Office Assistant
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· Outlook Anywhere Get Started
· Outlook Archives Get Started
· Delegating Outlook 2007 Access
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· Outlook 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007 Integration Overview
· Outlook 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007 Integration Get Started
· RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Overview
· Subscribing to Web Content with RSS
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· Outlook Web Access Learn More
· Personal Folders In Outlook Learn More
· Schedule a Meeting Get Started
· Outlook Out of Office Assistant
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· Microsoft Office Tasks Get Started
· Microsoft Office Tasks Learn More
· Multiple Calendars Get Started
· Sharing Outlook 2007 Calendars
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· Managing OneNote 2007 Notebooks
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· Preparing for Vacation Best Practices

Windows Vista

· Everyday Work with Windows Vista Best Practices
· Power Management for Windows Vista Best Practices
· Mobile PC Features for Windows Vista Get Started

Collaboration

· Collaboration Selection Guide

SharePoint and Other Collaboration Tools

· Office Communicator 2007 Get Started

· Office Communicator 2007 Learn More

· Collaborating with SharePoint Server 2007 Overview

· SharePoint Server 2007 Sites and Workspaces Selection Guide

· SharePoint Server 2007 Document Collaboration
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· SharePoint Server 2007 Team Sites Get Started
· Customizing a SharePoint Server 2007 Site
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· SharePoint Server 2007 Web Parts Learn More
· SharePoint Server 2007 Meeting Workspaces
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· SharePoint Server 2007 My Sites Get Started
· SharePoint Server 2007 Site Access and Storage Learn More
· SharePoint Server 2007 Surveys Get Started
· Outlook 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007 Integration Overview
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· Using InfoPath 2007 Forms on a SharePoint Server 2007 Site Get Started
· Groove 2007 Get Started
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· Outlook 2007 Voting Buttons Get Started

Security

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Devices

· Desktop Faxing Get Started
· Printers Best Practices
· Printers Get Started
· Smartphones Learn More