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  1.    10 Sep 2015 #1
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    Office 2016, rollout begins September 22nd 2015


    In March, we announced the Office 2016 IT Pro and Developer Preview. Since then, we’ve been listening to your feedback and continuing to build, refine and improve Office 2016 for Windows. This is a seminal release for Office and one you won’t want to wait to deploy to your users, and thanks to the many new IT management enhancements, you don’t need to wait!

    You may have heard the rumors, but today I’m happy to confirm that Office 2016 will be broadly available starting on September 22nd. If you have a volume licensing agreement in place, you can download Office 2016 from the Volume Licensing Service Center starting October 1st.

    This post is your one-stop shop for the tools, guidance and resources needed to get ready for Office 2016. We’ve enhanced the upgrade and installation experience, and for Office 365 subscribers, we’ve made changes to how the 2016 apps are updated moving forward. We’re also delivering new tools and resources to help you prepare, deploy and manage Office.

    Improvements to the Office update model

    For customers who currently use Office 365 ProPlus, (the subscription version of Office apps for companies and organizations), you can continue to receive monthly feature and security updates just as you have been over the past few years. Moving forward, this always up-to-date approach is called Current Branch and means that you always have the most current Office apps and capabilities deployed. The next Current Branch will release on September 22nd and will have all of the new Office 2016 app updates included.

    Based on feedback from many organizations running Office 365 ProPlus, I am excited to announce that we are adding a new option for updating Office called Current Branch for Business. If your organization typically waits a few months prior to rolling out a new version of Office or needs more time to test Office 2016 and your customizations between feature updates, this will be welcomed news.

    Consistent with Windows 10 approach, the new Current Branch for Business update model delivers three cumulative feature updates per year, while continuing to offer monthly security updates. You’ll see the first Current Branch for Business build in February 2016—which is effectively the same feature set as the September 22nd release, but with four additional months of security updates also included. This tri-annual update model offers an additional way for Office 365 ProPlus to stay current moving forward. You can find out about the new servicing options on TechNet.


    Current Branch (CB) and Current Branch for Business (CBB) update model in Office 365 ProPlus.

    Note: For Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home users, you can start installing 2016 apps on September 22nd from
    office.com, and automatic updates will begin rolling out in October—so this new tri-annual update model is purely for our organizational subscribers to Office 365 ProPlus.

    More IT capabilities in the new Office


    We’ve also addressed a number of the other top IT requests in Office 365 ProPlus, including deployment support for Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) to help control network traffic when deploying updates and new reports on Office activation and usage available in the Office 365 admin portal.

    Beyond the new deployment and management options, the new Office also adds support for Data Loss Prevention across the Office 2016 apps, Multi-factor Authentication and other mission critical control capabilities.

    Also, back in March we pledged our commitment to compatibility with your existing Office customization by not making changes to the extensibility model for macros or add-ins. If you’ve been evaluating the preview, you would have seen that most of the tools and processes for managing and deploying Office 365 ProPlus (15.x) versions are very consistent with Office 2016. In August, we published guidance for updating Office 365 ProPlus to the Office 2016 version and kicked off the Office IT Pro Deployment Script project.

    If you haven’t checked out the new Office capabilities, it’s time! Speaking of which, let’s talk about all of the ways to get ready for Office 2016…

    New events, tools and resources for admins

    In November, we’re kicking off a new IT and developer-focused event series—the Microsoft Cloud Roadshow—where we’ll provide free, two-day technical trainings in 12 cities around the world for topics spanning Office, Azure and Windows. These are free to attend, and we’ll be bringing top engineers from Microsoft to lead the training sessions. Registration is now open for the in-person events, and coming soon, we’ll publish the presentations for on-demand viewing along with hands-on labs and additional training resources.




    We’ll continue highlighting new capabilities in Office 2016 for tech enthusiasts via Office Mechanics shows and short demos from our engineers in the coming weeks. You can see highlights of what’s coming in Office 2016 for Windows on Office Mechanics now.

    Check back on September 22nd

    This captures a few of the highlights of what we’re working on to support admins with the upcoming Office 2016 release. You’ll see a lot more coming on September 22nd and beyond. Of course, you can still download the Office 2016 Preview now to experience what’s coming, and don’t forget to register for a Microsoft Cloud Roadshow near you to learn more.

    —Julia White

    Source: Admins--get ready for Office 2016, rollout begins September 22! - Office Blogs
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  2.    10 Sep 2015 #2
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    Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16281

    Thanks, Shawn. Things are looking up.
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  3.    10 Sep 2015 #3
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    Thanks, Shawn.

    Went to open Outlook 2016 via Start menu tile and it stated the shortcut no longer works. Hmm. Opened All apps to open and it wouldn't open. Then went to Programs and Features and performed a quick repair which it did indeed fix. Thinking it was just a Start menu shortcut to it's exe was broken.
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  4.    10 Sep 2015 #4
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    I am rather looking forward to the release of 2016. I currently use 2013 as part of an office 365 subscription so thankfully should get the update quite quickly after launch.
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  5.    10 Sep 2015 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Thanks, Shawn.

    Went to open Outlook 2016 via Start menu tile and it stated the shortcut no longer works. Hmm. Opened All apps to open and it wouldn't open. Then went to Programs and Features and performed a quick repair which it did indeed fix. Thinking it was just a Start menu shortcut to it's exe was broken.
    Hippsie, that's been a pain in the tookus for Windows 10 Insiders who're also on the Office 365 Technical Preview. Whenever one or the other has had an update, icons can go MIA, cease to work, or look like a blank sheet of paper. although it hasn't happened to me in a while.

    Another anomaly that seems to be happening in Outlook (O365) is that HTML messages aren't rendering properly.

    I haven't changed back to Firefox since I changed IE to default to check on IE not working properly with links in Outlook. So, I'm going to change that back and see if things change for the better.
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  6.    10 Sep 2015 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    I could have sworn I thanked you, Shawn, but it's nowhere to be found. So, thanks, Shawn.
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  7.    10 Sep 2015 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by jameshowe View Post
    I am rather looking forward to the release of 2016. I currently use 2013 as part of an office 365 subscription so thankfully should get the update quite quickly after launch.
    I've been on the "Technical Preview" since around September of last year and I can tell you there are some very promising new things included now. I would list a few, but there are so many upgrades that I'd miss some. There are upgrades I'm not even aware of yet!
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  8.    10 Sep 2015 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wynona View Post
    Hippsie, that's been a pain in the tookus for Windows 10 Insiders who're also on the Office 365 Technical Preview. Whenever one or the other has had an update, icons can go MIA, cease to work, or look like a blank sheet of paper. although it hasn't happened to me in a while.

    Another anomaly that seems to be happening in Outlook (O365) is that HTML messages aren't rendering properly.

    I haven't changed back to Firefox since I changed IE to default to check on IE not working properly with links in Outlook. So, I'm going to change that back and see if things change for the better.
    One of the nice features I've always liked about Office or any program that has it is the repair option. If I remember correctly, in Office 2000 that feature was in the program itself and used the install disk to do so. Now they placed it via Programs & Features, which is great.

    For those who may need it> Control Panel > Programs & Features > Either highlight or press Office then press "Change" on the header or right click Office and pick "Change" > A choice of "Quick repair" or "Online repair" box will appear.
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  9.    10 Sep 2015 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    One of the nice features I've always liked about Office or any program that has it is the repair option. If I remember correctly, in Office 2000 that feature was in the program itself and used the install disk to do so. Now they placed it via Programs & Features, which is great.

    For those who may need it> Control Panel > Programs & Features > Either highlight or press Office then press "Change" on the header or right click Office and pick "Change" > A choice of "Quick repair" or "Online repair" box will appear.
    Good to know, Hippsie. For the longest time, there was no Repair option in the Technical Preview of Office. At least they've put that back in.
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  10.    10 Sep 2015 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Went to open Outlook 2016 via Start menu tile and it stated the shortcut no longer works. Hmm. Opened All apps to open and it wouldn't open. Then went to Programs and Features and performed a quick repair which it did indeed fix. Thinking it was just a Start menu shortcut to it's exe was broken.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wynona View Post
    Another anomaly that seems to be happening in Outlook (O365) is that HTML messages aren't rendering properly.

    I haven't changed back to Firefox since I changed IE to default to check on IE not working properly with links in Outlook. So, I'm going to change that back and see if things change for the better.
    You ain't agonna buhleeve this, Hippsie, but when I changed my default browser back to Firefox, everything just straightened up and acted like it should!

    So, there's been some kind of change to IE in Windows 10.
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