Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Getting an early look

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With things changing so fast these days it is important to keep ahead of the curve, especially if your job is to manage IT for an organisation. Office 365 makes this process pretty simple.

If you want to get access to the latest desktop software firstly login to your Office 365 tenant as an administrator. Then navigate to the Admin center as shown above. In the top right of the dashboard you should see a section Office software.

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Inside the Office software section you will find an option, Software download settings, which you should select.

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This will now show you a number of software options as shown above.

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If you scroll down a bit you should find the option about when to get the latest features. Here you can select Current or Deferred channel as shown above. To get the latest software select Every month (Current channel) and save the changes.

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You’ll then need to head back to the Admin center and do a search for First Release which is in the Organization profile area as shown above. Ensure that you enable the appropriate users for First Release and save any changes. For more information on First Release see:

Set up the Standard or First Release options in Office 365

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First Release users should now see, when they install the desktop software and look in File | Account as shown above, that they are now on the Office Insider program.

For more information see these links:

Be an Office Insider

How Office 365 commercial customers can get early access to new Office 2016 features

Overview of update channels for Office 365 ProPlus

Version and build numbers of update channel releases for Office 365 clients

Office 365 client update channel releases