This year, we’re on schedule to launch almost one new product every week. Of course, if you like discovering new technology, then that’s a good thing. But if you’re managing a big network of computers for other people – which is most of you reading this blog – then it also comes with challenges!

But these days, you are likely to find that many of our significant new release – like Windows, Office and Windows Server – will come with enhanced deployment and planning tools.

For Office 2010, there’s the free Office Environment Assessment Tool, which helps you to find out what applications you have installed, what add-ins are used in Office (including the ones which interact with Office but aren’t registered as add-ins). It scans your environment, and then produces a pair of nice reports.

There’s three steps to use this toolkit to get ready for Office 2010: