Office 2013 Deployment (Office 365)

We need to deploy Office 2013 (available as part of our Office 365 E3 subscription) to existing users who are using Office 2010.

What is the best way to deploy it? I know they can log on to the portal themselves and download the software, but we would prefer to do it all for them.

I understand that the Office 365 version of Office 2013 can sit side-by-side with Office 2010. We will remove Office 2010 as part of the deployment, but is there a preferred way to do this as well and can it be incorporated into the Office 2013 deployment technique used?
HypervizorAsked:
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Adam PedderDirectorCommented:
What you need is the click to Run Office Deployment kit:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=36778

This kit will help you to create and update an Office deployment location on your network. From that it is easy enough to create a batch file to install the click to run version of office that will stream from your deployment location, via a login script for example.

Office 2013 can sit aside Office 2010, but I'd advise removing it. Not necessarily for any technical reasons, it will just avoid confusion amongst users!

The deployment kit will not remove Office 2010, it will have to be a separate process. How was it installed in the first place and is it a big install base?
HypervizorAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the reply.

Office 2010 was deployed either as part of an image when first building the PC or installed manually ad-hoc.

If we were installing Office 2013 as part of the click-to-run feature, will it maintain all the current user application settings in Outlook (profiles, views etc), Word (template locations etc) and the other core applications?
Adam PedderDirectorCommented:
Short answer is no!

This isn't an upgrade it is effectively a new install.

Outlook profile should sort itself out as long as your autodiscover is good.

I think Word template locations will be fine. You can always set these via a GP to make sure they are applied.
HypervizorAuthor Commented:
Do you know what other things may be affected? I'm also thinking of things like custom dictionaries - would they be in a location where they would be picked up by the Office 2013 programs (even when 2010 is uninstalled)?


Thanks
Mark GalvinManaging Director / Principal ConsultantCommented:

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