Office ProPlus/Office 2016 - Office 365 - Client Machines

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We are rolling out Office 365, and part of our roadmap is to introduce the Office client from Office 365 “aka Office ProPlus/Office 2016” on our client machines - VDI and some regular desktop. My question is how did your companies dealt.doing with the legacy Office (eg we currently have Office 2010)  on users desktops and VDIs, so users would move to the newest version? Any insights would be helpful!

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Saif ShaikhServer engineer


The below article will help you in upgrading from old outlook version to O365 outlook.

For your reference-
Jian An LimSolutions Architect
Top Expert 2016

I think the idea is do you want to update.
Office 365 Pro plus supports VDI by using shared activation (and store it in shared folder)

make sure you read and understand
Joe WinogradDeveloper
Fellow 2017
Most Valuable Expert 2018

Since you currently have Office 2010, one issue is that your users may be using Microsoft Office Picture Manager, which is one of the apps in Office 2010 (and earlier releases). However, Picture Manager is not included in Office 2016 (also wasn't in Office 2013). Fortunately, you can install the Office 2010 version alongside the Office 2016 suite. This EE article explains how to do it at no cost:
How to Install Microsoft Office Picture Manager in Office 2016/Office 365

If you prefer videos to articles, this five-minute EE video Micro Tutorial also shows how:
How to Install Microsoft Office Picture Manager in Office 2013

That video talks about Office 2013 rather than Office 2016, but the method is identical. Regards, Joe


@Saif - thank you for the input and so the rest who contributed. Appreciate it. From the article you’ve shared (which is awesome btw), what tool/solution did you use for this step..?

“Check application compatibility

To ensure a successful upgrade, we recommend identifying your Office applications--including VBA scripts, macros, third-party add-ins, and complex documents and spreadsheets--and assessing their compatibility with the latest version of Office.”
Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology Professional

Hi IT_Admin

In response to your question about compatibility, that's really up to you. If you have any commercial application, just check with the vendor to ensure they work with O365. In house applications, the best thing to do is try them and see if they work. There is some information available from Microsoft which should help:

If you have a lot of things to check, there are also service that you can hire.

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