Office 365 – Get Office 365 wave 2016 now!

Microsoft has released Office 2016 officially a couple of days ago, and this also includes the Office 365 version of the Office 2016 suite.

If you already have deployed Office 365 wave 2013 before, you’ll know the Office 365 Deployment Tool (download the latest 2016 compatible version). This tool extracts two files in a folder which allow you to download the Office 365 click-to-run suite for preinstalling the software on computers.

When the tool is downloaded, run it and extract the files to a folder. From there, modify the download.xml as following:

The difference between the previous 2013 version, is that you can specify the update branch. Read more about it here. Basically it’s similar to Windows 10, do you want to be in the fast ring or the slow ring. So by specifying the branch you”ll decide between monthly updates or every four months!

For installing Office 365 I use a second dedicated installation XML:

And I call the installation of Office 365 from a cmd file, so it can be incorporated in MDT, System Center Configuration Manager or RES Automation Manager:

Want to read more about deploying Office 365? Please check my previous posts on this topic! #Office365

Questions, comment’s, or just want to give your appreciation? Let it hear in the comments!

Cheers! Rens

6 thoughts on “Office 365 – Get Office 365 wave 2016 now!

  1. Danny

    Hi Rens,

    Great tutorial! I’ve used your tutorial for C&R 2013 as well!
    I was wondering if the installation files for the different Product ID’s are the same. Because this would save a quite an amount of diskspace. I compared the files for a few Product ID’s and they look the same..

    Greetings,
    Danny

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    1. Rens Hollanders

      hi Danny,

      Thank you for your response. I’d say they look the same, but are different versions of Office / Product ID’s. What would be a good way to investigate? Only thing I can think of is to define a different version in the install.xml then the version you have downloaded.

      Cheers! Rens

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  2. BW~Merlin

    Does SourcePath=”” make setup.exe look in the current directory that it is being run from? I am having all sorts of trouble trying to get my 32bit version of Office 365 to install via MDT (my 64bit works fine, I have tried copying the configuration.xml file and just changing the 64 to a 32 but that hasn’t worked nor has making a new .xml file [yes I also download the 32bit source files as well]).

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    1. Rens Hollanders

      Hi Merlin,

      Correct, leaving it blank forces the installation to look inside the folder it has initiated from.

      Cheers! Rens

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  3. Sarah

    Hello!
    Can you clarify to me please. Can I get new MS office 2016 if I have already have office 365. I’ve heard that it is possible to do on official web site of Microsoft. But I can’t find where exactly I can do it! I looked on the prices on it http://hardware.nl/microsoft/021-10554.html – it is high! I will be very happy if I can update it for free!

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    1. Rens Hollanders

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for your repsonse, Office 2016 and Office 365 wave 2016 are two entirely different things. Office 2016 is what we like to call an MSI installation, it has it’s own license, will be supported with updates but generally not with new functionality. Office 365 on the other hand, comes with a monthly subscription plan, which allows you to make use of the software which belongs to your particular subscription plan on physical or virtual computers. You are entitled to install the software on max. 5 computers, and need to connect to the internet every 30 days so Office 365 can verify the legitimacy of your Office 365 license.

      Cheers! Rens

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