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According to MS documentation:
- KMS for legacy clients (Win7)
- ADBA for everything new (2012 R2, Win 10 etc)

What about office? Is the activation tied to the client OS?

If Office 2016 is running on Win7 can Office 2016 use ADBA or does it have to use KMS because of the legacy OS?
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Office is a special case as there are two different items. Subscription Based and Enterprise VLK based.
Office 2016 can use AD Based Activation.  If a client cannot connect to ADBA it will try KMS in the next activation attempt. So you can use KMS for Windows 7 and ADBA for W8.1/S2K12R2+,Office 2016

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askpfeplat/2013/02/04/active-directory-based-activation-vs-key-management-services/
http://woshub.com/configure-kms-server-for-ms-office-2016-volume-activation/
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Ok, but what about this combination: Windows 7 (KMS) with Office 2016 installed (ADBA)?
Or is it Windows 7 (KMS) with Office 2016 (KMS) only.
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Based on the different articles, it's the OS that decides not the Office version.
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The articles pointed me in the right direction, thanks.
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