Change the Microsoft 365 Apps update channel for devices in your organization - Deploy Office (2022)

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After deploying Microsoft 365 Apps, you can change the update channel with Group Policy or the Office Deployment Tool (ODT). For example, you can move a device from Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel to Monthly Enterprise Channel. When changing the channel, Office is updated automatically without having to reinstall or download the full version. For more information about channels, see Overview of update channels for Microsoft 365 Apps.

Group Policy and the ODT are the only supported methods to change update channels. If you manage updates to Office with Configuration Manager, you can change the channel by using Group Policy or the ODT in combination with Configuration Manager. For more information, see Change the update channel with Configuration Manager.

Change the update channel with Group Policy

  1. Before you begin, make sure the scheduled task "Office Automatic Updates 2.0" is enabled on the client devices. This task, which updates the assigned channel, is a required part of managing updates for Microsoft 365 Apps, whether you use Group Policy, the Office Deployment Tool, Configuration Manager, or Intune.

  2. Use the Group Policy Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) for Office to enable the Group Policy setting Update Channel and select the new channel. The policy setting is under Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2016 (Machine)\Updates.

  3. Link the updated policy to the OU with the devices whose channel you want to change.

    (Video) Office and Microsoft 365 Apps Deployment & Update Management 2022

  4. By default, Group Policy refreshes in the background every 90 minutes. If you want to refresh policy assignment immediately (for example, if you're testing in a lab environment), you can use the gpupdate command. For more information, see gpupdate.

After the policy has been applied, the "Office Automatic Updates 2.0" scheduled task must run. It will detect the updated policy and update the assigned channel. When the task runs again, it detects the new assigned channel and Office updates to a new build from that channel. The Office user interface on the client device will not show the updated channel until a build of Office from the new channel is installed.

  1. Before you begin, double-check these items:

    • Make sure the scheduled task "Office Automatic Updates 2.0" is enabled on the client devices. This task, which updates the assigned channel, is a required part of managing updates for Microsoft 365 Apps, whether you use Group Policy, the Office Deployment Tool, Configuration Manager, or Intune.
    • Make sure that the update channel for the targeted device is not set through Group Policy. Otherwise, the policy setting will take precedence over the Office Deployment Tool setting and the device will stay on the channel specified by the policy setting. In such case, either remove the policy setting from the device or use Group Policy to change the channel.
  2. Download the latest version of the ODT (setup.exe) from the Microsoft Download Center.

  3. Create a configuration file that specifies the new channel name. In the example below, the channel changes to Current Channel. For more information on channel names, see Channel attribute in the Configuration Options article.

  4. Deploy the configuration file using your standard processes.

    (Video) Change Microsoft 365 Apps Channels Explained

After the ODT has executed, the "Office Automatic Updates 2.0" scheduled task must run. The task will detect the change and update the channel. When the task runs again, it detects the new assigned channel and Office updates to a new build from that channel. The Office user interface on the client device will not show the updated channel until a build of Office from the new channel is installed.

Example

 <Configuration> <Updates Channel="Current" /> </Configuration>

Change the update channel with Configuration Manager

If you manage updates for Microsoft 365 Apps with Configuration Manager, you change the update channel using Group Policy or the Office Deployment Tool, as described above. When doing so, the process is the same, except for the following considerations:

Important

If you use Configuration Manager to manage updates, moving from a channel with a newer version of Office to a channel with an older version of Office is not supported. For example, you can't use Configuration Manager to move a device from Current Channel to Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel.

(Video) Managing updates for the Microsoft 365 Apps - 2 easy ways!

Change the update channel with Intune Administrative Templates

  1. Before you begin, make sure the scheduled task "Office Automatic Updates 2.0" is enabled on the client devices. This task, which updates the assigned channel, is a required part of managing updates for Microsoft 365 Apps, whether you use Group Policy, the Office Deployment Tool, Configuration Manager, or Intune.

  2. Use administrative templates for Windows 10 and newer in Microsoft Intune to enable the setting Update Channel (2.0) and select the new channel. The policy setting is under Computer Configuration\Microsoft Office 2016 (Machine)\Updates.

  3. Assign the configuration profile to the Azure AD security group with the devices whose channel you want to change.

  4. By default, Intune policies refresh in the background every 8 hours. Actions such as assigning a new profile will immediately notify the device to check in. If you want to refresh policy assignment immediately (for example, if you're testing in a lab environment), from the device, select Start > Settings > Accounts > Access work or school > {Select your account} > Info > Sync. For more information, see Sync your Windows device manually.

    (Video) The New Monthly Enterprise Channel

After the policy has been applied, the "Office Automatic Updates 2.0" scheduled task must run. It will detect the updated policy and update the assigned channel. When the task runs again, it detects the new assigned channel and Office updates to a new build from that channel. The Office user interface on the client device will not show the updated channel until a build of Office from the new channel is installed

Considerations when changing channels

  • When moving from a channel with a higher build number to a channel with a lower build number (such as Current Channel to Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel), binary delta compression is not applied. Because of this, the update will be larger than normal. The update, however, will not be as large as a full installation of Microsoft 365 Apps.

  • Devices must be able to fetch an update from the newly assigned channel to complete the transition.

    • If your devices are receiving updates from the internet, you are all set and no other changes are required.
    • If you are using Configuration Manager to deploy updates, make sure that an update from the newly assigned channel has been deployed to the devices. We recommend using dynamic collections for easier targeting. Devices will only download the required updates, so it is safe to assign updates from multiple channels to a device.
    • If you are using file shares, you must download and host the matching update in a new location/folder. Use the Update Path group policy setting or the Office Deployment Tool to point devices at the new location.
  • If you are deploying Microsoft 365 Apps with Intune using the Microsoft 365 Apps for Windows 10 and later app, the channel you select will be re-evaluated and enforced during policy refresh. It is recommended that any update channel policies in your environment match the channel selection for your app assignment. If the channels do not match, this will cause unexpected channel flipping under the following circumstances:

    • Deploying Microsoft 365 Apps using the Microsoft 365 Apps for Windows 10 and later app.
    • The app is configured using the Configuration designer.
    • The app is assigned as required.
  • After a successful channel change assignment, Microsoft 365 Apps must first apply a successful update in order to accept further channel changes.

  • If Office has just been installed or updated, changing the update channel can take up to 24 hours after the new setting has been applied.

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  • The Office user interface on the client device will not reflect the updated channel until a build of Office from the new channel is installed.

  • If you move from a channel with a newer version of Office to a channel with an older version of Office, any features that are only available in the newer version will be removed.

FAQs

How do I change the update channel in Office 365 app? ›

Click the drop-down option called [Settings] and select [Org settings]. Under the [Services] tab, scroll down and select [Office installation options]. Choose one of the following Update Channels.

How do I deploy Office 365 updates? ›

Enable Microsoft 365 Apps clients to receive updates from Configuration Manager
  1. In the Configuration Manager console, go to Administration > Overview > Client Settings.
  2. Open the client settings, choose Software Updates and select Yes for the Enable management of the Office 365 Client Agent setting.
21 Sept 2022

How do I change my Office 365 monthly channel? ›

Switching to the Office 365 Monthly Update Channel
  1. Ensure that you have the Start - Run command. ...
  2. With Excel closed, run the Regedit program. ...
  3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\ClickToRun\Configuration. ...
  4. Change the CDNBaseUrl entry to the Monthly Channel. ...
  5. Start Excel and ask it to "Update Now".

What are the three available Office 365 deployment options? ›

Deploy
  • Deploy Microsoft 365 Apps from the cloud.
  • Deploy Microsoft 365 Apps from a local source.
  • Deploy with Configuration Manager (current branch)
12 Jul 2022

How do I get Office Update channel? ›

In any Office application, go to File >> Account to determine if you need to change the updates channel. You can find the update channel listed within the “About” section.

How do I change the Windows Update channel? ›

Change the update channel with the Office Deployment Tool (ODT)
  1. Before you begin, double-check these items: ...
  2. Download the latest version of the ODT (setup.exe) from the Microsoft Download Center.
  3. Create a configuration file that specifies the new channel name. ...
  4. Deploy the configuration file using your standard processes.
15 Apr 2022

How do I push Office 365 updates to SCCM? ›

Step-by-Step Guide to Deploy Office 365 Updates Using SCCM
  1. Step 1 – Verify the Requirements. ...
  2. Step 2 – Configure Software Update Points. ...
  3. Step 3 – Enable Office 365 clients to receive updates from SCCM. ...
  4. Step 4 – Deploy Office 365 updates to clients. ...
  5. Step 4.1 – Download Office 365 Updates. ...
  6. Step 4.2 – Deploy Office 365 Updates.
19 Sept 2019

How do I deploy Office 365 with SCCM? ›

To deploy Office 365 proplus using SCCM, launch the configuration manager console. Click Software Library > Overview > Office 365 Client Management. Click Office 365 Installer in the console. This will bring up Microsoft Office 365 client installation wizard.

How do I update Office 365 with SCCM? ›

  1. Now in SCCM go to console Software Library->Overview->Office 365 Client Management->Office 365 Updates and search for the required update. ...
  2. Right click and deploy the upgrade to test collection, follow the wizard as a normal deployment.

How do I install Office Deployment Tool? ›

  1. Download the Office Deployment Tool.
  2. Get started with the Office Deployment Tool.
  3. Download the installation files for Microsoft 365 Apps.
  4. Download the installation files for Microsoft 365 Apps from a local source.
  5. Install Microsoft 365 Apps.
  6. Update Microsoft 365 Apps.
19 Oct 2021

How do I find my channel in Outlook? ›

Select File > Office Account. If you see Microsoft 365 or Office Insider, you're running Outlook for Microsoft 365 Current Channel or an Insider build.

What is Office 365 semi-annual channel? ›

Semi-Annual Channel: This is the “Broad” or “Deferred” channel. It pushes minor updates once a month on the second Tuesday but receives feature updates only twice a year in January and July. I recommend this for those of you who want to avoid major updates and stay on the oldest supported build.

How do I deploy Office 365 to an organization? ›

To deploy Microsoft 365 Enterprise on your own after completing your planning, these are the recommended steps.
  1. Set up your network. ...
  2. Set up your identities. ...
  3. Implement security. ...
  4. Deploy client software. ...
  5. Set up mobile device management. ...
  6. Configure services and applications. ...
  7. Train your users.
13 Sept 2022

Which of the following are ways that Office 365 ProPlus can be deployed and activated? ›

There are several ways to deploy Office 365 ProPlus. Let's take a look at the options that are available. You can use Configuration Manager, the Office Deployment Tool, and Microsoft InTune to perform Office 365 ProPlus deployments. You can, of course, also install directly from the Office 365 portal.

What is deployed by Microsoft? ›

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT; originally released as Business Desktop Deployment in August 2003) is a free software package from Microsoft for automating the deployment of Windows 10, Server 2019 and older Windows Server and desktop operating systems.

How do I update Office 365 from command line? ›

On a computer where Office 365 applications are installed, open the command line as Administrator. In order to open the command line (CMD), click Start, type cmd, right-click the cmd shortcut, and in the context menu click Run as Administrator. Run the command to change the Office 365 update channel.

How do I enable Office updates in the registry? ›

In Windows 10 or Windows 8, press the Windows key + X, select Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then press Enter.
...
Resolution
  1. Start any program.
  2. On the File tab, select Account. ...
  3. On the right side, select Update Options, and then select Enable Updates.
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How often does Office Update? ›

Comparison of the update channels for Microsoft 365 Apps
Current Channel
Release frequency1At least once a month (likely more often), but on no set schedule
Feature updates2As soon as they're ready (usually once a month), but on no set schedule
Security updates3 (if needed)Once a month, on the second Tuesday of the month
3 more rows
6 Jun 2022

How do you change the channel in Excel? ›

Change Office 365 Semi-Annual update channel to Current channel
  1. Launch Command prompt as an Administrator.
  2. Navigate to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\ClickToRun.
  3. Run the following command: OfficeC2RClient.exe /changesetting Channel=Current.
  4. Run the following command: OfficeC2RClient.exe /update user.
8 Aug 2020

What is extended quality update? ›

Quality updates will include security and non-security updates. Extended Quality Update. These are subsequent releases of the previous fork. Extended quality updates will include security and non-security updates.

Does Office 365 automatically update? ›

Yes, automatic updates for Office 365 upgrade are enabled by default.

How do I access the Configuration Manager console? ›

The simplest method to open the console on a Windows computer is to go to Start and start typing Configuration Manager console .

How do I enable an object in office com? ›

You can enable the Office COM object by using client policy in Configuration Manager, Group Policy, or the Office Deployment Tool. If you use more than one method, the Group Policy setting determines the final configuration.

How do I install Office 365 with configuration XML? ›

To install it, you simply need to modify your command line a bit. If your command prompt is still open, simply enter setup.exe /configure "C:\ODT\configuration. xml" and it will install Office 365 Pro plus for you.

How does System Center Configuration Manager works? ›

The Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager is an administration tool that enables organizations to manage and safeguard devices and software within its environment. SCCM takes care of the hardware inventory, distributing software and patches, and more.

How do I create an Office 365 package? ›

In the Application Manager window, click File > New. Specify a name for the Office 365 Application Pack, and then click Save. On the Application Pack page, complete the fields for Title, Publisher, Application Pack Version, and Product Version.

Can WSUS install Office 365 updates? ›

Because individual updates aren't available for Microsoft 365 Apps, you can't use Windows Update or Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to download and apply individual updates to Microsoft 365 Apps.

How do I update Excel in Office 365? ›

To update Excel to Microsoft Office 365:
  1. Open an Excel worksheet.
  2. Go to the File tab.
  3. Select the Account tab on the left.
  4. Under Product Information, pull down on Update Options and select Update Now.
  5. Microsoft Office will now begin updating Excel on your system.

What is the purpose of the Office Deployment Tool? ›

The Office Deployment Tool (ODT) is a command-line tool that you can use to download and deploy Click-to-Run versions of Office, such as Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise, to your client computers.

How do I install Office 2021 with Office Deployment Tool? ›

In this article
  1. Download the Office Deployment Tool from the Microsoft Download Center.
  2. Create the configuration.xml file.
  3. Sample configuration.xml file to use with the Office Deployment Tool.
  4. Remove existing versions of Office before installing Office LTSC 2021.
  5. Download the Office LTSC 2021 installation files.
19 Oct 2021

What is deployment tool? ›

Deployment tools streamline the process of distributing software and updates, usually via scheduling or automation, so that developers can focus on more critical tasks. They also allow developers to collaborate on projects, track progress, and manage changes.

How do I find my Office channel? ›

To find out what update channel Office 2016 is currently using, open one of the Office applications, click on the File tab, and then click on Account. Now, locate the Office Updates section. If you look under Office Updates, you will see your update channel, and your current Office version.

How do I update Office 365 offline? ›

If you have a Microsoft 365 subscription, you'll also need to select Install Office > on the Installs page. In the Download and install window, select Other options. Check the box Download an offline installer and select the language you want to install the Office apps in. Select Download.

How do you create a distribution list in Outlook 365? ›

Select Groups > Groups in the left navigation pane, and then select Add a group. On the Choose a group type field, choose Distribution, and then choose Next. Enter a name, description, and email alias for your new group, and choose whether you want people outside your organization to send email to the group.

Which of the following is a subscription based version of Microsoft Office that offers frequent updates? ›

Office 365 subscribers also get more frequent software updates than those who have purchased Office without a subscription. This means Office 365 subscribers have access to the latest features, security updates, and bug fixes.

How do I deploy Office 365 in Azure? ›

Deploying an Office 365 API web application to Azure from a local development environment requires four high-level steps to be performed as outlined on this page:
  1. Create and configure a Web App.
  2. Configure the Azure AD application.
  3. Configure the ASP.NET project.
  4. Deploy the Office 365 API ASP.NET web application.
21 Jun 2022

What is centralized deployment? ›

Centralized Deployment supports assignments to individual users, groups, and everyone in the tenant. Centralized Deployment supports users in top-level groups or groups without parent groups, but not users in nested groups or groups that have parent groups.

How do I download m365 apps from enterprise? ›

Watch: Install Office apps
  1. Go to office.com. You might need to sign in with your work account.
  2. Select Install Office > Microsoft 365 apps > Run , and then select Yes.
  3. The Office apps are installed. ...
  4. To install Microsoft Teams, go to the office.com page, and choose Teams.
  5. Get the Windows app, and then select Run.

How many computers can Office 365 ProPlus be deployed before being activated? ›

Managing activated installations

Each Microsoft 365 Apps license allows a user to install Microsoft 365 Apps on up to five desktops, five tablets, and five mobile devices.

What is o365 ProPlus? ›

Office 365 ProPlus is a user-based service that allows people to install full versions of Microsoft Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs and on their mobile devices. Harvard is making this available for personal use only at this time.

Can a group created in teams receive emails? ›

Now, because the underlying building blocks of a Team are essentially an Office 365 Group / Shared Mailbox (Group Inbox) you can still receive email to the underlying Shared Mailbox, and subscribe members, plus apply SendAs / Send on Behalf of – BUT STILL, where can I see any emails sent to the default Microsoft Team ...

How do I deploy Microsoft apps? ›

Sign in to Microsoft Managed Desktop Admin portal. In the Managed Desktop pane, select Apps. In the Apps workload section, select the app you want to assign users to, and select Assign users groups. For the specific app, select an assignment type (Available, Required, Uninstall) and assign the appropriate group.

Which command is used to deploy a package application to Windows Azure? ›

Deploy a ZIP package to your web app by using the az webapp deploy command.

What is deployment in office administration? ›

Deployment is the realisation of an application, or execution of a plan, idea, model, design, specification, standard, algorithm, or policy.

How do I change the semi-annual channel in Office 365? ›

Resolution Process
  1. Start a Command Prompt window (as Administrator)
  2. Change to the folder where Microsoft Office 365 stores its support files: cd C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\ClickToRun.
  3. Switch Office 365 to the Semi-Annual ("Broad") channel: OfficeC2RClient.exe /changesetting Channel="SemiAnnual"
31 Aug 2022

How do I find my channel in Outlook? ›

Select File > Office Account. If you see Microsoft 365 or Office Insider, you're running Outlook for Microsoft 365 Current Channel or an Insider build.

What is Office 365 semi-annual channel? ›

Semi-Annual Channel: This is the “Broad” or “Deferred” channel. It pushes minor updates once a month on the second Tuesday but receives feature updates only twice a year in January and July. I recommend this for those of you who want to avoid major updates and stay on the oldest supported build.

What is extended quality update? ›

Quality updates will include security and non-security updates. Extended Quality Update. These are subsequent releases of the previous fork. Extended quality updates will include security and non-security updates.

How do I install Office Deployment Tool? ›

  1. Download the Office Deployment Tool.
  2. Get started with the Office Deployment Tool.
  3. Download the installation files for Microsoft 365 Apps.
  4. Download the installation files for Microsoft 365 Apps from a local source.
  5. Install Microsoft 365 Apps.
  6. Update Microsoft 365 Apps.
19 Oct 2021

How do I enable Office updates in the registry? ›

In Windows 10 or Windows 8, press the Windows key + X, select Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then press Enter.
...
Resolution
  1. Start any program.
  2. On the File tab, select Account. ...
  3. On the right side, select Update Options, and then select Enable Updates.
5 May 2022

How do you change the channel in Excel? ›

Change Office 365 Semi-Annual update channel to Current channel
  1. Launch Command prompt as an Administrator.
  2. Navigate to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\ClickToRun.
  3. Run the following command: OfficeC2RClient.exe /changesetting Channel=Current.
  4. Run the following command: OfficeC2RClient.exe /update user.
8 Aug 2020

How do I find my Office channel? ›

To find out what update channel Office 2016 is currently using, open one of the Office applications, click on the File tab, and then click on Account. Now, locate the Office Updates section. If you look under Office Updates, you will see your update channel, and your current Office version.

How do I update Office 365 from command line? ›

On a computer where Office 365 applications are installed, open the command line as Administrator. In order to open the command line (CMD), click Start, type cmd, right-click the cmd shortcut, and in the context menu click Run as Administrator. Run the command to change the Office 365 update channel.

How do I update Office 365 offline? ›

If you have a Microsoft 365 subscription, you'll also need to select Install Office > on the Installs page. In the Download and install window, select Other options. Check the box Download an offline installer and select the language you want to install the Office apps in. Select Download.

Which of the following is a subscription based version of Microsoft Office that offers frequent updates? ›

Office 365 subscribers also get more frequent software updates than those who have purchased Office without a subscription. This means Office 365 subscribers have access to the latest features, security updates, and bug fixes.

What is the difference between latest quality update and latest feature update? ›

Quality updates are mostly security fixes and are installed after one reboot, whereas feature updates are installed in steps that require more than one reboot to complete.

What is Microsoft feature update? ›

On Windows 10 and Windows 11, feature updates are technically new operating system versions, which are available once a year during the fall and are supported for 18 months. After the support cycle ends, you must upgrade to one of the available supported versions to continue getting security and non-security patches.

What's a quality update? ›

Quality updates are cumulative; they include all previously released fixes to guard against fragmentation of the operating system (OS). Reliability and vulnerability issues can occur when only a subset of fixes is installed.

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