Prepare for Office client deployment by Microsoft 365 Business

Prepare to automatically install Office apps to client computers

You can use Microsoft 365 Business to automatically install the 32-bit Office apps to Windows 10 computers and keep them current with updates.

This works best if the end user's computer is on Windows 10 Business and:

  • Doesn't have existing Office desktop apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access, and OneDrive).

    or

  • Has an existing version of Click-to-Run Office installed.

To determine if you have the Click-to-Run version of Office, in any Office app go to File > Account ( Office Account in Outlook). If you see Office Updates as shown in the following figure, then the installation was done by using Click-to-Run.

Screenshot of Office updates in Office app Account

Who will benefit from having this feature

The end user whose PC:

  • Has a Windows 10 Business user license, an active Microsoft 365 Business license, Windows 10 Creators Update, and is joined to Azure Active Directory.

  • Doesn't have 64-bit Office apps (example: Word, Excel, Powerpoint). If 64-bit Office apps are required, then this feature is not a good fit because there is no support for triggering a 64-bit 2016 Click-to-Run version of Office from the Microsoft 365 Business admin console.

  • Doesn't have any 2016 Windows Installer (MSI) standalone apps (for example, Visio or Project). Microsoft 365 Business upgrades Office to the Click-to-Run version of Office 2016 and that doesn't work with with Office 2016 MSI standalone apps.

The following table details what action the end users/admins may need to take, depending on their beginning state, to have a successful 32-bit Click-to-Run version of Office deployment from the Microsoft 365 Business admin console.

Starting Office install status Action to take before Microsoft 365 Business Office install End state
No Office suite installed
None
Office 2016 32-bit is installed by using click-to-run
Existing Click-to-Run 32-bit version of Office (2016 or earlier) and no standalone apps
None
Upgraded to the latest 32-bit Click-to-Run version of Office 2016, as needed *
Existing Click-to-Run 32-bit version of Office and Click-to-Run 32- or 64-bit standalone Office apps (for example, Visio, Project)
None
Standalone apps are not affected. Suite is upgraded to Click-to-Run 32-bit version of Office 2016
Existing Click-to-Run 32-bit version of Office and any 32-bit or 64-bit (except 2016) MSI standalone Office apps
None
Standalone apps are not affected. Suite is upgraded to Click-to-Run 32-bit version of Office 2016
Any existing Click-to-Run 64-bit version of Office
Uninstall the 64-bit Office apps, if it is OK to replace it with 32-bit Office apps
If Office 64-bit apps are removed, the Click-to-Run 32-bit version of Office 2016 is installed
An existing MSI install of Office 2016 with or without standalone apps
Uninstall MSI Office 2016.
Click-to-Run 32-bit version of Office 2016 is installed. No change to standalone apps
Existing MSI install of Office 2013 (or earlier) and/or standalone Office apps
None
Click-to-Run 32-bit version of Office 2016 with the pre-existing MSI Office install (and standalone apps) exist side-by-side

(*) Note: Does not upgrade to Click-to-Run 32-bit version of Office 2016 due to a known bug. Fix is in progress.