If you have a commercial subscription for Office 365, these are the steps you need to follow to install the latest Insider preview of Office 2016 apps.
Just like Windows 10, Microsoft offers an Insider program for Office, which lets subscribers
get early access to upcoming features and enhancements. The only caveat is that while the desktop Office 2016 applications are virtually the same across subscriptions, the way to enroll in the program will depend upon the plan you're using.
If you're an Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscriber, enrolling in the Office Insider program is an easy process, which only requires a few clicks using in the app settings. However, if you work on an organization, or you're a Microsoft MVP with access to Office 365 Enterprise, the option to join the Insider program won't be available in your installation.
In the case that you want to install Office 2016 preview builds as soon as they're ready for testing, you'll need to use the "Office Deployment Tool" to enroll and install the latest builds.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to properly enroll and install the latest preview of Office 2016 apps if you're a commercial customer.
How to enroll and install Office 2016 Insider builds
If you're an Office 365 commercial subscriber, you can enroll and test upcoming features using these steps:
Important: Before proceeding, you must uninstall any version of Office already installed on your computer. You can quickly do this from Settings > Apps > Apps & features, select the Office installation and click the Uninstall button.
<Add OfficeClientEdition="64" Channel="InsiderFast">
<Language ID="en-us" />
If you want to install the 32-bit version, make sure to change the value of "OfficeClientEdition" to 32.
If you have a subscription for Office 365 Business Premium or Office 365 Business, change the "Product ID" value to O365BusinessRetail.
Execute the following command to start the installation using the configuration file:
Setup.exe /configure configuration.xml
After completing the steps, the setup process will download and install the version of Office you specified in the configuration file.
To check that your copy of Office is enrolled in the Insider program, open Word (sign-in with your subscription account as required), go to File, and in the Account section, under Product Information, it should read Office Insider.
If you want to make sure that the latest build is installed, while in the "Account" section, click the Update Options button, and click the Update Now button.
How to opt-out of the Office Insider program
At any time, you can opt-out of the Office Insider program by removing the preview version of Office 2016, and then reinstalling the current version.
Uninstalling Office Insider builds
In order to remove the pre-release desktop Office 2016 applications, do the following:
Once you've completed the steps, restart your computer, and continue with the steps below.
Installing the current version of Office
In order to install the latest public version Office 2016, do the following:
After completing the steps, the most current version of Office 2016 will install, and you'll no longer receive Insider builds.
Wrapping things up
As a reminder, preview builds of Office are only meant for testing purposes, and they're not supported for enterprise use. Also, installing these builds, you may encounter problems and features not working correctly.