New update options for Office 365 ProPlus using System Center Configuration Manager

IT admins can now manage Office 365 client updates—including those for Office 365 ProPlus, Visio Pro for Office 365 and Project Pro for Office 365—directly via the System Center Configuration Manager’s built-in software updates workflow engine.

One of the top feature requests we hear from IT admins is to use System Center Configuration Manager to update Office. To accomplish this, we streamlined the ongoing update management for Office 365 clients by integrating with Configuration Manager and the Microsoft Update service to allow a consistent process to discover, view, deploy and track available software updates—similar to how you manage other apps in your organization.

Each time an Office update is published, information is automatically sent to the Microsoft Update service. Configuration Manager automatically receives notifications when updates are available and validates whether your PCs require the update. IT admins can use the existing workflow engine to download and distribute the update. Take a look at the video below to see how this works:

The new capability is available in the upcoming release of Configuration Manager update 1602, currently in Technical Preview. Office notifications within Configuration Manager will commence with the current release of the Office 365 client builds that are in the First Release for Current Channel and First Release for Deferred Channel. Current Channel updates will start to roll out later this month, with the Deferred Channel rollout starting June 2016. For more information, visit our TechNet site to learn how to Manage Office 365 client updates with System Center Configuration Manager.

We are continuing to listen to your feedback and enhance the deployment and management capabilities of Office. You can see our progress on the Office 365 Roadmap.

—Amesh Mansukhani, senior program manager for the Office Engineering team