MC364810 Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for Current Channel

IBN 4,376 Reputation points
2022-05-05T11:54:47.697+00:00

Hello Teams Community,

Please I need your help on this.

I would like to know more about the release updates code "MC364810" available for Microsoft 365 Apps for the Current Channel as shown below:

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Does anyone have an idea on the following regarding this release update:

  1. i would like to know more about the update release
  2. To want know what channel we are currently on?
  3. How can you test it?
  4. How will it impact our organization before testing it?
  5. Also we would like to know if we choose targeted set of users for testing as per the option in O365 org settings, does this become applicable only to semi annual channel or monthly channel or current channel?
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  1. Emily Hua-MSFT 27,601 Reputation points
    2022-05-06T08:38:34.077+00:00

    Hi @IBN

    As issues related to Microsoft 365 Admin Center are not supported on Q&A forum currently, and the tag "office-itpro" focuses more on general issues of Office clients, so I would provide some information from Office's perspective.

    > i would like to know more about the update release

    According to the rolling out time of this update, and the link "Current Channel" at the bottom, for more details you can click this link.
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    Then you would find the Version 2204: April 26 (Build 15128.20178) that includes 2 parts: Feature updates and Resolved issues.

    > To want know what channel we are currently on?

    To check what channel you are on, you can go to one computer with Microsoft 365 Apps installed > Open one Office app > Account > Product Information, check the update channel.
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    > How can you test it?

    If Microsoft 365 apps on users' machines do not install this update, then it's recommended to pick out some test machines to install this update to have a test.

    > How will it impact our organization before testing it?

    • If the Office update source is the default CDN, and automatic updates are also enabled by default, Office will automatically install the update without your testing.
    • You can temporarily turn off Office automatic updates, after testing, then judge whether you need to upgrade to this version for users.
    • Or you can change the update channel or specifcy the update source for certain users for a test.

    > Also we would like to know if we choose targeted set of users for testing as per the option in O365 org settings, does this become applicable only to semi annual channel or monthly channel or current channel?

    As the link said, selecting the appropriate update channel and using interval between update channels to test is a method.
    In addition, as I reply above, you can also change update source for Office. But this requires more control costs.

    For more information about Microsoft 365 updates, here is an article "Overview of update channels for Microsoft 365 Apps" you can have a look.


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  1. Emily Hua-MSFT 27,601 Reputation points
    2022-05-10T07:04:47.097+00:00

    Hi @IBN

    Thanks for your response.

    > Enable targeted set of users under Admin center or wherever.

    • Group Policy can manage both user-based and machine-based policies. You can create a new OU for these targeted users.
      (A targeted group of representative users who can pilot new features of Office. The users should include people from business groups across the organization and their client devices should include the architectures in your organization (32-bit and 64-bit), any significant differences in hardware and device drivers, as well as any critical line-of-business applications, add-ins, and macros.)
    • Then please change the update channel with Group Policy for targeted users to be Current Channel to receive new feature updates every month. (Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel can be set for the remaining users in your organization via group policy too.)
      (To install Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML), please refer to "Install Administrative Template files for Microsoft Office".)
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    > Setup a laptop device or an account with mailbox to current channel by going to registry or wherever.

    • After the policy has been applied, the "Office Automatic Updates 2.0" scheduled task will run. It will detect the updated policy and update the assigned channel.

    > Check the word, excel or outlook for latest updates as opposed to another user who does not have that update. The proof for having latest update version number etc…

    • To check whether the Office is updated successfully, please choose some machines of targetted users, go to one Office app > Acount > Product Information, check the version number.

    > Do our test

    • You can let the targetted users check if the update will cause any issues while in use.

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