Deployment options for admins for Office for Mac
Applies to: Office for Mac, Office LTSC for Mac 2021, Office 2019 for Mac
There are two basic ways that you, as an admin, can deploy Office to Mac users in your organization:
Provide your Mac users with the installer package file, and have them install Office for themselves
Download the installer package file to your local network, and then use your software distribution tools to deploy Office to Mac devices
If you have a Microsoft 365 (or Office 365) plan, you can provide your Mac users with instructions on how to download and install Office themselves. To install Office on a Mac, a user has to be an administrator on the device or know an administrator account name and password.
If your users are familiar with the process for downloading and installing Mac apps, you can simply send them the direct link to the Office Content Delivery Network.
If you use software distribution tools, you have more control over which users get Office and when. For example, you can automatically install Office apps as part of automated device enrollment. To plan your deployment, review the following information.
For information about upgrades, see Upgrade an installation of Office for Mac.
Download Office for Mac to your local network
The easiest way to download Office for Mac, and ensure you're always getting the most current version and build, is to download directly from the Office Content Delivery Network (CDN) on the internet. Here are the links to the installer packages for the Office suite, which contains all the applications.
- Office for Mac (Microsoft 365 or Office 365 subscription plan)
- Office LTSC for Mac 2021 (volume license)
- Office 2019 for Mac (retail or volume license)
The same installer package can be used for Microsoft 365 subscriptions, Office LTSC for Mac 2021, and Office 2019 for Mac. How you activate the product determines which features are available to your users.
- If you have a Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA), review this information.
- Support for Office 2016 for Mac ended on October 13, 2020. For more information, see End of support for Office 2016 for Mac.
- The installer packages for Office LTSC for Mac 2021 and for Office 2019 for Mac aren't available on the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).
Deploy Office for Mac to users in your organization
Office for Mac uses the Apple Installer technology for installation. That means you can use the software distribution tools that you normally use to deploy software to Mac users. Some of the most common tools are Jamf Pro, Microsoft Intune, Munki, and AutoPkg. You can also use Apple Remote Desktop.
To help improve security, Office for Mac implements Apple app sandboxing guidelines. This means that you can't customize the app bundle before or after you deploy Office. Don't add, change, or remove files in an app bundle. For example, even if you don't need the French language resource files for Excel, don't delete them. This change prevents Excel from starting. Even though you can't customize app bundles, you can configure preferences for each app.
Additional deployment information for Office for Mac
Whichever deployment method you decide to use, the following information can help you plan your Office for Mac deployment.
You can't have two different versions of Office installed on a Mac. For example, you can't install Office LTSC for Mac 2021 on the same Mac where Office for Mac (from a Microsoft 365 or Office 365 subscription plan) is already installed.
Deploying individual apps
Installer package files for individual applications, such as Word or Excel, are available to download from the Office Content Delivery Network (CDN). For links to those files, see Most current packages for Office for Mac.
The Office for Mac installer package, also known as the suite installer, is much smaller than the combined size of the individual app installers. This is because the suite installer includes a common set of fonts, frameworks, and proofing tools that are copied into each app bundle during installation.
Teams is included as part of the installer packages for Office for Mac and for Office LTSC for Mac 2021. If you don't want Teams included as part of the installation, you can download this installer package, which doesn't include Teams.
To use Office on a Mac, Office needs to be activated. Before you deploy, review the information about how activation works for Office for Mac.
After downloading the installer package, internet access isn’t required to install, activate, or use Office LTSC for Mac 2021 or Office 2019 for Mac.
If you need to uninstall Office from a Mac, you can follow these steps to completely remove Office. Unfortunately, there is no program to uninstall Office from a Mac automatically.
Upgrade an installation of Office for Mac
You can upgrade an existing installation of Office on a Mac to a newer version without having to uninstall the version already on the Mac. For example, if you want to upgrade a volume licensed version of Office 2019 for Mac to Office LTSC for Mac 2021. Or, if you want to move from a volume licensed version of Office, such as Office LTSC for Mac 2021, to a subscription version of Office for Mac.
Upgrade to Office for Mac (subscription version)
If you're a volume licensed customer of Office LTSC for Mac 2021 or Office 2019 for Mac, you can upgrade to Microsoft 365 for Mac (available with certain Microsoft 365 or Office 365 subscription plans) without uninstalling your current version. Just follow these steps:
- Install the latest Office updates on each Mac where Office is installed.
- Have users open any Office app and sign in with their Microsoft 365 (or Office 365) account.
When multiple license types are present on the device, apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook will prefer to use a subscription license. If the user signs out of their Microsoft 365 account, the apps will revert to the volume license.
Upgrade to Office LTSC for Mac 2021 (volume license)
If you're a volume licensed customer, you can upgrade to Office LTSC for Mac 2021 without having to uninstall Office 2019 for Mac. Just follow these steps:
- Install the latest Office updates on each Mac where Office is installed. Office must be updated to at least Version 16.53.
- Download the Volume License (VL) Serializer for Office LTSC for Mac 2021 from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).
- Run the VL Serializer on each Mac where Office is installed.
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