Microsoft has made it known that in June Office 365’s build numbers will go from the current 4-digit to a new 5-digit designation.
For those that just use the product, this isn’t even a blip on the radar. However, for those that utilize endpoint management products to service the PCs in the organization, this is potentially a monumental change.
Some applications to perform inventory on software on PCs use hardcoded retrieval methods to identify and display application inventory information. If that’s the case, the applications will need to be updated. Additionally, even for those applications that Microsoft develops – like System Center Configuration Manager or Intune – there may be a delay in how those applications properly display the versioning.
Per the announcement, here’s an example of what the difference will look like…
Old style: Digit mask = 4.4; Build number = 1234.5678
New style: Digit mask = 5.5; Build number = 12345.67890
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