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Table of Contents • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Intro Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac had a. With that being said things have gotten better and quite rapidly. This post will focus on where Office 2016 for Mac currently stands, commonly asked questions, best practices, and solutions for updates. This post should serve as a overview of the changes to Office 2016 (O2016) for Mac from about November 2015 to Present (January 14th).
Before we can get too far into this post it needs to be noted that none of this would be possible without the hard work and support of the following individuals. Contact info is in the form of Twitter/Slack handle. William Smith (/) took it on himself to reach out to the Apple Platform Experience (APEX) Team at Microsoft and helped push them into our community Slack group. Paul Bowden (/) and Erik Schwiebert (/) are both Software Engineers at Microsoft inside the APEX team. They have been very responsive to feedback from the community. And so you don’t think I’m making up facts I will be supplying quotes from Microsoft’s pbowden on almost everything. You will need to join our MacAdmins Slack group if you wish to view the source.
Sign up page is. Video Presentation: Paul Bowden gave a presentation, 2016.01.20, at the University of Utah’s Mac Managers meeting which can be viewed. It covers many of the topics from this post in video form. Office Packages Five months into Office 2016 being out and there are five six different kinds of installers/updaters. Plus a bonus serializer package. This table should help clarify what is available and the differences between each package.
Name Type Comments Requires Live System File Size★ SKU-less★★ Installer Contains all apps. Good for O365 installations. Can be used in combination with the VL Serializer to create a VL Installer without needing to visit Microsoft’s Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).
Yes ~1.3 GB Volume License (VL) Installer Contains all apps. Available from VLSC only. Has Serializer package embed. Yes ~1.3 GB Standalone Installer Available from. These install packages can be combined with the VL Serializer below to have a custom install solution of just “one” or a “handful” of O2016 apps★★★. These will also work with O365 installs.
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OneNote standalone not available (obtain from Mac App Store [MAS] if needed). No ~550 MB per app Standalone VL Installer Available from VLSC only. These are standalone install packages that contain your VL serial. They can be used to have a custom install solution of just “one” or a “handful” of O2016 apps★★★. Yes ~1 GB per app Combo Update These updates can take any previous Office 2016 installed app and make them current.
These are per app upgrade packages, a difference from Office 2011’s combo update packages. Yes ~1 GB per app Delta Update These were first publicly available with 15.18. These significantly reduce the file size that is required to update an Office app. Also per app upgrade packages. Yes ~780 MB for suite VL Serializer Serializer This is a special package that was released with 15.17. The purpose of this package is to apply the Office serialization process to the SKU-less installations.
Yes ~5 MB If Requires Live System, is ‘yes’ these installers must be ran on fully booted Mac. IE - You must see the loginwindow or be logged into the physical Mac that you are installing O2016 on. If this option is ‘no’ you can bake these installers into a base image using tools like,, or Casper’s Image creation process. ★All file sizes should be considered estimates and subject to change ★★This installer is often the most confusing as it is also commonly called: Full Suite, O365, or a Retail installer.
They are all the same. ★★★This level of customization can also be achieved by using a with the SKU-less and VL installers. How do I install O2016?