This week has really been like christmas if you are into Intune – which I am of course! We have received new reporting capabilities (here are my post on how to get started) and today we got some additional capabilities when it comes to one of, perhaps most vital, application deployment types: Office 365 ProPlus for Windows 10 (and Windows 10 only). You can find additional information in Microsofts blog post.
This post will show you the new settings we have a show you how to create a custom deployment package.
We, as always, start in the Intune portal. From here you can either use the quick shortcut to the right, or go to the Mobile apps page to the left. Don’t freak out about it being called “mobile apps” remember that we all should be mobile by now! 🙂
If you choose to go via the Mobile Apps page you’ll end up here. Click apps to view the apps list and also to add the new Office 365 package.
Add will then open the new app blade.
And in here you choose the app-type you want. In our case its “Office 365 ProPlus Suite (Windows 10)” – short and easy to remember. Click add to open up the new configuration page.
Here is where all the fun starts. Previously we have had very limited options to configure the ProPlus-package. With these new capabilities we are able to ensure that all users gets exactly what they need – and wont get things they dont use or need. This will not only give a better user experience, it will also save bandwidth, disk-space, installation time and so on. We are also able to deploy both Visio and Project which is really nice!
As you can see we have three different menus (left) that we can use to configure the deployment. We’ll go through them one by one. The first one “Configure App Suite” is where you choose what to include in the deployment. You could as an example create different suites for different departments depending or their needs. You can also make each individual app available to the user, and let him or her decide what to install. In my case I have curated the suite a bit to better suite a general users needs. If you want to deploy Visio and Project, you need to assign those licenses to the users as well.
REMEMBER! Today this app-type only supports installation if there is no previous version of Office installed. Microsoft are working on fixing this, but as of now for “old” devices, its advisable to uninstall the old version first. New machines however will work just fine.
The second configuration page is the “App Suite Information” menu. This menu looks fairly similar to the “Line-of-business” app-type and its here you provide additional information to the users. It’s advisable to give it a name explaining what it is (especially if you have more than one package), and what applications that are included in a particular bundle. Other than that, its pretty much up to you and your organization what you feel the need to include.
One thing I find interesting is that you can choose a logo/icon of your own instead of the Office-logo. I could see the need for it if you have several package or would like to deploy each application as an individual app, but I would love to know if you can find any other use for it.
Next up is perhaps the most interesting or fun configuration menu. The “App Suite Settings”. In this menu you configure most things that you used to do with the XML file you usually include when you deploy Office ProPlus with the Office Deployment Tool.
The most interesting options here, in my opinion, are the Update Channel were you have the usual options of: Current, Deferred, First Release Current and First release Deferred. You can find an explanation of them here. However, theses names will probably change soon due to alignment with the servicing of Windows 10 (read more about in the linked post from Microsoft.)
One additional great option is the shared computer activation. I work a lot with education customers and this is essential for them in many cases.
You also have languages options, and if you chose not to select any, the installation will match the OS languages on install.
Once you have completed your configurations, click OK in the menus and lastly “Add”. You’ll shortly receive a notification telling you the App has been completed and are ready for deployment.
And now, all you have to do is to assign the app to your users and/or groups and either assign it for installation or make it available in the company portal!
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know!