Prepare Office clients for Office 365
Applies to: Office 365 Deployment Guide for Enterprises
Topic Last Modified: 2013-08-23
Summary: Describes ways to deploy Office clients in your environment and ensure that these clients meet Office 365 requirements before you deploy.
As discussed earlier in the Plan for client computers and mobile devices that connect to Office 365 section this deployment guide, your organization will potentially need to upgrade client hardware and software when moving to Office 365. For client software, consider using Microsoft Update or an enterprise software deployment solution (such as Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager) to ensure that the requirements are met for the Office 365 web or rich client experience.
For users to experience the highest fidelity with the Office 365, your organization will need to deploy install rich experience clients to users’ computers and provide for ongoing patches and updates.
Rich experience clients provide users with full-featured desktop applications for email, instant messaging, and business productivity and require methods for distributing, configuring and updating clients.
Office 365 for enterprises solutions make use of the following rich clients:
Microsoft Office 2010 and Office 2007 SP2 (including Outlook)
Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac
Microsoft Entourage® 2008 Web Services Edition
Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac
Office Web Apps
Microsoft Lync 2011 for Mac
Microsoft Lync 2010
When using rich experience clients, you need to install the Office 365 desktop setup package on user’s computers. This application ensures that the required features and updates are installed for rich clients. The Office 365 desktop setup package automatically configures Outlook and Microsoft Lync for use with Microsoft cloud services. Administrators can allow enterprises users to update their desktops on their own using Office 365 desktop setup, or can choose to deploy the updates remotely by using Active Directory.