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Welcome to deployment scenarios. Here we would like to hear from you about how we can better improve:
  • Clean installs
  • Upgrades
  • 2nd Installs (post-install language pack or app additions)
  • Language Pack management
  • Network considerations
  • Servicing (monthly security and quality fixes)



  1. Do not force push bing as the default search engine

    Do not force push bing as the default search engine. This is what mal-ware does, not what you expect from your office suite.

    1,044 votes
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  2. Document in a site what features *will* be included in the Monthly Enterprise Channel in advance, before they are rolled out.

    We need to know what features will be included in the Monthly Enterprise Channel in advance, before they are rolled out, so we can alert our users in advance before the features are implemented, so we can reduce the calls to our Helpdesk and user complains.

    I'm thinking something like the Release notes for Monthly Enterprise Channel releases in 2020 site (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/officeupdates/monthly-enterprise-channel-2020), but to document changes that will come, not changes that already rolled out.

    7 votes
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  3. Install Teams into Program Files instead of the user profile

    Currently Teams installs itself into the user profile against Microsoft's own deployment guidelines which state applications should be installed into the Program Files folder

    This causes problems for us as we use Software Restriction Policies to prevent applications installed by non-administrators from executing in order to comply with UK Cyber Essentials recommendations. The only workaround is to whitelist the teams executable (and the updater executable) both of which are in well known locations within the user profile and could easily be targeted by malware.

    Can we please at least have a separate administrative installer to allow installing into the Program…

    13 votes
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  4. Replace SfB with Teams in Office Software Download Settings

    This isn't for the ODT but rather for the option that allows users to download O365 on their own. There is a setting under the Office‎ software download settings which say Office (includes Skype for Business) but no option for Teams. We don't use SfB in our environment and this personal installer includes SfB but not Teams.

    8 votes
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  5. Provide a way to disable the "Support for Windows 7 Ended January 14,2020" nag message.

    We require Windows 7 computers for testing, and seeing the "Windows 7 support has expired; Learn what that means for your Office 365 subscription" message distracts and alarms unnecessarily. Please provide a way to disable this (and future) nag messages.

    8 votes
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  6. 24 votes
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  7. Provide a Monthly Enterprise Channel preview channel ASAP

    The new guidance at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployoffice/overview-update-channels indicates there is no way to systematically preview the Monthly Enterprise Channel across our estate.

    Why is there a preview channel for Current and Semi-Annual Enterprise, but not Monthly Enterprise??

    It's vital that we have a pilot group of devices to ensure an update doesn't break an integration or have some other problem. Equally, semi-annual is becoming a pain as users are demanding the features they know others have who are on a monthly release (I'm looking at you, XLOOKUP). Microsoft are clearly trying to get the majority onto monthly releases (Current or Monthly Enterprise)…

    4 votes
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  8. WSUS support for deploying and controlling updates

    Please provide WSUS support for managing Office 365 ProPlus/Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise updates and upgrades.

    Currently, updates appear in WSUS but with a warning that the workflow requires SCCM, which is confirmed by this MS article: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployoffice/manage-microsoft-365-apps-updates-configuration-manager

    I have not heard of many (any) medium-sized organizations utilizing SCCM/Endpoint Manager, while in my experience most orgs running primarily MS products utilize WSUS.

    4 votes
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  9. Ctrl+S to save files in Word

    I updated something in an old Word file and saved it by Ctrl+S, then the file disappeared from its original position...... And it has gone from my PC right now......OMG!

    5 votes
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  10. Download the ISO

    I can't believe we've actually gone backwards.

    Why can't I download the ISO?

    Why not make the Office Deployment Tool GUI based rather than having to generate your own XML (which I know someone has done online but seriously if someone has to make a tool to create the XML required then you must know you've made a mistake).

    Give the option to deploy it in a really backwards way if you want to but don't force this rubbish on us.

    8 votes
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  11. Do not force run WINDOWS OFFICE updates when running on MAC!

    BOGUS - can't you guys even tell what OS/Platform you are running on at login?

    3 votes
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  12. "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\MSACCESS.EXE"

    Office 365 installation breaks my existing Apps because it now uses a new "root" directory. All my Access Command-Lines must specify the MSAccess.exe location which no longer exists. For MSI installations it still works but not for newer installs. Well done Microsoft.

    Click-to-Run: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\MSACCESS.EXE".

    Before it was the older MSI install folder "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16\MSACCESS.EXE".

    There appears to be no way to change this installation back to the older MSI install folder. Maybe Shortcuts in the older folder to the new root folder could solve this problem.

    4 votes
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  13. 3 votes
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  14. 5 votes
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  15. Spread happiness

    To share love and happiness

    2 votes
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  16. Disable Teams from Startup AFTER installation using GPO.

    Right now group policy can only prevent Teams from automatically starting up if its applied before Teams is installed.

    Are you kidding me? I have to apply group policy to manage a program that isn't even installed on the computer? What dumbass as Microsoft thought that was a good idea?

    5 votes
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  17. 2 votes
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  18. Offer an option to switch off further upgrades.

    Upgrading Office and Windows is only a pretty big waste of time if no new functions and features are needed. - It would be nice to have an option to only get important security updates in a lean way without the constant flood of unneeded gimmicks.

    5 votes
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  19. 5 votes
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  20. Stressing the facts and topic of the what to and not to

    Maintaining a good flow of services and less confusion

    1 vote
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