A guide to Microsoft Office 365 Updates

Office 365 (O365) updates come with latest features, security patches, and bug fixes for Office 365 subscribers. These updates are important to keep your Office apps up and running seamlessly. This document provides all you need to know about Microsoft Office 365 updates.

What are Office 365 Updates?

Office 365 is an online subscription service which lets you access all the Office apps like Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneDrive and more. Office is a productivity software which can be used to store all your works in the cloud and access it anywhere on your desktop or mobile phone. We all know that for the best performance, we need the latest version of the app by updating it whenever an update is available. So, you can either choose to install Office 365 Updates manually or you can install the latest office 365 updates using an automated software.

How to check for Office 365 updates?

Before looking at the various ways in which you can install updates, let us take a look at how to check for updates in Microsoft Office 2016 or Office 365.

  • Open an Office application such as Word, Excel, or PowerPoint and click on the File option.
  • Click on Account or Office Account under File. Product Information window opens, click on Update Options next to Office updates.
  • From the list of options, click on Update Now.
  • Microsoft Office then starts checking for updates, if updates are found then they are downloaded and are installed.

How to enable automatic updates for Microsoft Office 365?

Automatic updates for Office 365 upgrade is enabled by default. To check, navigate to File --> Account in any of the Office apps such as Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. Under Office updates, check if the statement "Updates are automatically downloaded and installed" is present. If it isn't present that means the automatic updates are not enabled. To enable the same, click on Update Options --> Enable Updates.

How to install Office 365 Updates manually?

You can manually install the latest Office 365 Updates by following any of the below-mentioned methods.
There are three ways to install Office 365 Updates manually:

  1. Install office updates using manual steps
  2. Enable updates for installation
  3. Check for updates and install Office 365

How to install Office 365 Updates using manual steps?

To install Office 365 Updates follow through the steps given below.

  1. Open the Office app which you want to update.
  2. Then open a Blank document.
  3. Click on File.
  4. Towards the left you'll find Account option being listed. Click on Account.
  5. Click on Update Options drop-down menu and click on Update Now to install office updates.

Once you click on Update Now, that particular Office app will start to get updated with the latest update released.

How to install Office 365 Updates by enabling updates?

This method is exclusively for those users who aren't able to find the Update Now option under the Update Options drop-down menu. To know how to install the latest Office 365 Updates by enabling updates, follow the steps given below:

  1. Open the Office app that you want to update.
  2. Once you open the application, open a Blank document.
  3. Go to File.
  4. Click on the Account option which is listed on the left.
  5. You'll find the Update Options drop-down menu. Click on it and select Enable Updates option.

Once you click on Enable Updates option, you'll be able to view the Update Now option under the Update Options drop-down menu. So now you can follow the steps mentioned under the first method and install the Office 365 updates.

How to check for the latest updates of Office 365 and install them?

If you want to know how to check for the latest updates of Office 365, follow the steps given below:

  1. Open any Office app that you want to update.
  2. Open a Blank document.
  3. Click on File.
  4. Towards the left you'll find the Account option. Click on it.
  5. You'll find About (Office app name). This section gives you details on the current version that you're using.

If the version specified under this section matches with the version found on the Office support website, it means your Office app is up-to-date.

How to update Office 365 automatically?

With the growing network and the increasing number of attacks every day, it's tedious to keep all the systems in your network updated regularly. This is where the need for automation arises - Automation is the key. Patch Manager Plus, a user-friendly software patching tool provides complete automation with the Automate Patch Deployment or APD feature. This feature is aimed at covering all of your business requirements which suits all enterprises of varying sizes.

Besides automating the whole patching process, this software patching tool offers flexible deployment policies to meet all of your needs. You can customize and configure with the given options to deploy patches on your preferred time and day, choose when to reboot/ shutdown, decide when to skip deployment and many more. You can tweak every minute detail to deploy the updates the way you wish to.
So now let's dive into the APD feature and get to know it works.

  • To create an APD task, log into the Patch Manager Plus console and navigate to the Deployment tab.
  • Click on Automate Patch Deployment which is listed under Deployment.
  • To automate a deployment task, click on Automate Task and choose the platform which you want to deploy.
  • Once you select the platform, you'll be taken to a page where you'll have to specify the required details for automating the deployment task. Give a suitable name and description for the APD task you're creating and click on save.
    There are four stages of creating an APD task.
    1. Select Applications:
      • The first stage involves selecting applications based on the severity level and type of updates that you wish to deploy.
      • Another privilege of this stage is that you can choose to deploy all the selected applications or deploy only specific applications or deploy all applications except a few. In this case, you can specifically choose to patch your Office 365 applications alone.
      • Under the Deployment section, you can choose when you want the approved patched to be deployed.

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    2. Choose Deployment Policy:
      • You can either choose the existing policy or create a new policy of your own by clicking on Create/Modify Policy to install office updates. So you can select one or customize your own policy depending on your enterprise's needs. This deployment policy allows you to specify preferred week, day and time of deployment.
      • By enabling the below Suspend Task After check box and specifying the date, your APD task will be suspended from that particular day.

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    3. Define Target:
      • This stage allows you to choose the target computers on which you want the patches to be deployed. You can choose the target of deployment to either be a Remote Office or a Domain.
      • You can filter the target computers furthermore by using the filter option. You can choose to include computers of a specific category based on Remote Office, IP Address, IP Range, Operating System, etc. You can also choose to exclude computers based on the above-mentioned criteria. Thus the computers which fall under the specified category will be included/excluded during deployment.

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    4. Configure Notifications:
      • If you want to be notified about the status of the APD task you can enable the required options. Configure them based on how often you want to be notified about the happenings of the APD task. These details will be sent to you with a detailed report to the specified e-mail address.

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    Once you click on Save, your APD task is created. You can patch Office 365 updates automatically by following the above-mentioned steps. If you want to know about how to create an APD task in detail, go through the Automate Patch Deployment document.

    With an automated patching tool like Patch Manager Plus, constantly checking for updates is no longer required. So enterprises can focus on actual business activities to bring in more revenue and benefit their organization. The APD feature has been designed keeping all of this in mind.