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Update Channels for Office 365 ProPlus

Microsoft offers Office 365 ProPlus customers the ability to choose their method of updating. They can choose to be on the cutting edge, always work with the most stable release, or help Microsoft test upcoming features.

Here’s descriptions of the options:

  • Current Channel – Provide users with the newest features of Office as soon as they’re available. Happens monthly.
  • Deferred Channel – Provide users with new features of Office only a few times a year. Happens every four months.
  • First Release for Deferred Channel – Provide pilot users and application compatibility testers the opportunity to test the next Deferred Channel. Happens every four months.

Not all users need to be the same. You can have some running the newest features, while other – more critical business functions – groups retain stability.

The update channel is configured using with the Office Deployment Tool or Group Policy.


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