The deployment of Microsoft Office as a sequenced Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) package is a common request. This article describes the supported scenarios for various versions of Microsoft Office and Microsoft App-V.
The following product versions are included in this article:
Microsoft App-V 5.0 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and earlier versions, Microsoft App-V 4.6
Microsoft Office 2013, Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft 2007 Office
Supported versions of Microsoft Office on App-V
App-V 5.0 supports Microsoft Office 2013, Microsoft Office 2010, and Microsoft 2007 Office. Before you deploy Microsoft Office, the software must first be packaged into the App-V file format. The packaging process can be done by using several different methods, depending on the version of Office and App-V that you use. The table in this section lists the supported Office versions on App-V, their package creation methods, and supported licensing and deployment information. The following package creation methods are used to package Office in the App-V format:
Sequencing by using prescriptive guidance: This is a text document that describes specific steps that a sequencing engineer requires to create an App-V package. For 2007 office, prescriptive guidance is the only available package creation method. This method is an option to sequence Office 2010 App-V packages.
Sequencing by using Package Accelerator: Package Accelerator was introduced in App-V 4.6 Service Pack 1 (SP1). It provides an easy method to generate an App-V package. You can use Package Accelerator to generate Office 2010 App-V 4.6 packages. To access Package Accelerator, see the "References" section.
Office Deployment Tool (ODT): The Office Deployment tool lets administrators create an Office 2013 App-V package. In fact, it is the only way to do this. Office 2013 App-V packages that are created by using the ODT are ready for deployment in the same manner as any other App-V packages that are created by using the sequencer.
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