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Existing Office 365 ProPlus Installs to get Microsoft Teams Automatically from July

Office 365 ProPlus is the name for the Office desktop applications suite which comes are part of the Office 365 subscription. There is no change to new or existing installations of Office 2019, the “boxed”/non-subscription version.

I reported in January that Microsoft Teams will be installed by default for new installations of Office 365 Business SKU, then in February Microsoft Teams will be automatically installed with Office 365 ProPlus, not just Business.

When will Microsoft Teams be automatically added to New Installations of Microsoft Office?

Update
channel
Version Date
Monthly Channel Version 1902 March 4, 2019
Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) Version 1902 March 12, 2019
Semi-Annual Channel Version 1902 July 9,
2019
  • Office 365 Business, starting with Version 1901, which was released on January 31, 2019.
  • Office for Mac, starting with Version 16.21, which was released on January 16, 2019.

At that time, the February announcement said that “Teams will automatically be installed for users who already have Office 365 ProPlus in the future.”. The future has come.

When will Microsoft Teams be automatically added by to Existing Installations of Microsoft Office?

Starting in July 2019, Office ProPlus and Office 365 Business Monthly Channel existing installations will automatically get Microsoft Teams added as part of the standard update.

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Update Version Date
Monthly Channel Version
1906
July 9,
2019
Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) To be
determined
September 10,
2019
Semi-Annual Channel To be
determined
January
2020

Reference: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployoffice/teams-install

This automatic push to add Teams to existing installations does not yet apply to Office for Mac.

If you don’t want Teams to be added to existing installations of Office 365 ProPlus when you update to a new version, you can use Group Policy or the Office Deployment Tool.

Note, Teams will automictically start once install. If you don’t want this, you can use Group Policy to prevent Teams from automatically starting when the user signs in to the device.

How is Teams installed as part of Office 365 ProPlus?

Teams is installed with Office 365 ProPlus in the same way that Teams is installed if you use the MSI-based installer for Teams.

For each new user that signs into the PC, the Teams installer runs and the Teams application is installed in the user’s AppData folder.

The “bitness” (32-bit to 64-bit)  of Teams and Office 365 ProPlus installed on the device don’t have to match. For example, you can install the 32-bit version of Teams on a machine running the 64-bit versions of Office 365 ProPlus.

To complete the installation of Teams, either restart the device or have the user log off and log back on.

Note, Teams will automictically start once install. If you don’t want this, you can use Group Policy to prevent Teams from automatically starting when the user signs in to the device.

Microsoft Teams Updates continue as normal

After Teams is installed, it’s automatically updated approximately every two weeks with new features and quality updates in the usual way. This update process for Teams is different than the update process for the other Offices apps, such as Word and Excel.

Reference: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployoffice/teams-install

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Tom Arbuthnot

A Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Master, Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Microsoft Collaboration specialists Modality Systems.

Tom stays up to date with industry developments and shares news and his opinions on his blog, Microsoft Teams Podcast and email list. He is a regular speaker at events around the world.

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