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July 6, 2020

Office Deployment

Office download settings show new channel names

New Names for Microsoft 365 Update Channels

MS has introduced new names for Office update channels. These now include a Beta Channel (early adopters), Current Channel (and Preview version), and Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel (and Preview version). You’ve been warned!

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MS Reverses O365 ProPlus Plans to Bing-ify Web Search

When MS announced in January it would automatically change over search engines in Chrome (and perhaps Firefox) from the current default to Bing, I expected some backlash. It’s been heard, and a new, kinder and gentler policy set forward.

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Microsoft Search Extends Its Reach to Chrome (and Firefox)

Here’s an interesting snippet from an innocuous sounding item from Microsoft Docs dated January 17, 2020. It’s entitled “Microsoft Search in Bing and Office 365 Pro Plus” and is very much worth reading. The first paragraph baldly declares Microsoft’s intentions (I added the bold text for additional emphasis ): Starting with Version 2002 of Office

Office Customization Tool – Office Deployment Made Easy

Since the release of Office 2016, it is no longer possible to perform a custom Office install, in which one selects the Office applications to be installed or omitted. When installing Office, all applications get installed. Individual apps can’t be removed later, either. Office Click-to-Run and MSI installers can only install or remove the entire