MS Office 2010 Deployment Kit for App-V (beta) available

One of the biggest issues App-V customers run into when virtualizing (sequencing) the Microsoft Office Suite is the limitation of interaction between locally installed application/functionality and the virtual instance of the Office Suite. With this in mind Microsoft created the MS Office 2010 Deployment Kit for App-V which is available in beta version as of yesterday.

It consists of some code that needs to be installed on the Sequencer machine prior to Sequencing Office 2010 and some code that needs to be installed (yes, a real install) on each client device where you want the optimal interaction experience.

Some important notes:

  • It only works for Microsoft Office 2010
  • It only works with App-V 4.6 RC Client / Sequencer and later 
  • This will NOT solve ALL interaction/integration issues you potentially can run into when virtualizing Office.

The interaction possibilities that are fixed, are:

  • Fast search in virtualized Outlook 2010 using Windows Desktop Search
  • Ability for virtualized Office 2010 applications to open, edit, and save Office files hosted with Windows SharePoint
  • Search indexing support for Office file types
  • URL protocol redirection to virtualized Outlook 2010
  • Print to virtualized OneNote 2010

Click here for more information and the download of the deployment kit.

Thanks to Ivan de Mes for providing the info!