Best practices: Office 2016 Mac client install for locally managed

The Best Practices Guide includes deployment recommendations and real-world examples from the Office 365 Product Group and delivery experts from Microsoft Services. For a list of all the articles, see Best practices.

This article describes how Locally Managed should design and deploy Office 2016 for Mac. Because they do not have a sizeable Mac population or Mac software distribution tools, the deployment should be managed from a local network share.

Download Office 2016 for Mac to the local network

Administrators can download the installer package (.pkg) file from the Office 365 Portal Software Page and place it on a network share. This strategy is useful for small scaled deployments and allows the user to control the installation of Office. Only users who are approved to install Office 2016 for Mac should have access to the network share.

  1. Sign in to the Office 365 portal as an Office 365 administrator.

  2. Go to the Office 365 admin center and select Service Settings > User software.

  3. Under Software for Mac, expand Office for Mac and then click Download to begin downloading the installer package file. The installer package file is named Microsoft_Office_2016_Installer.pkg.

  4. Put the Microsoft_Office_2016_Installer.pkg file in the network location.

  5. Provide Mac end users with installation instructions

For more information on deployment options, see Deployment options for admins for Office 2016 for Mac.

Deployment preferences

For guidance on configuring preferences, see Deploy preferences for Office 2016 for Mac.

Deployment preferences can overwrite the existing user preference settings. To remove Office for Mac 2011, Troubleshoot Office 2011 for Mac issues by completely uninstalling before you reinstall.

Deployment languages

All of the supported languages in Office 2016 for Mac are included and installed as part of the installer package .pkg file. Because there are no separate installer package files for each language, admins cannot choose which language to deploy to users. The language is selected during the installation based on the System Preferences settings. If none of the language settings are supported by Office, Office will install in English.