Microsoft had announced today a preview of the Office Customization Tool for Click-to-Run, a simple to use web application that enables desktop administrators to customize Office 365 clients.
Typically administrators would use notepad or some other text editor to compile various XML statements to define the Office edition, feature update frequency, version, language and other number of available settings. This is a tedious task ( I know because I’ve had to do it…A LOT), and could often result in errors from mis-types etc.
With the new Office Customization Tool, admins can use the rich user interface that intuitively shows all available options to build the desired Office configurations. The configuration tool groups the commonly used settings in the following categories:
- software & language
- installation & update
- licensing & display
Each of these areas provide admins with options to help meet their security and regulatory needs.
When all the desired settings have been selected, desktop admins are provided with the option to download the resulting configuration.xml file which is to be used in conjunction with the Office Deployment Tool for the settings to take affect during installation time of the Office 365 client.
This will become part of my toolbox going forward 🙂