Deploying Office Add-ins in a University

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Hi - I was looking at recommending the Office Centralized Deployment tool for a way to enable the controlled enablement of Office add-ins in a university.  I hear though that this tool is for business customers only and will not work with education licenses of Office 365.

Can someone confirm and if this is the case recommend any workarounds?

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Office Requirements

  • For Word, Excel, and PowerPoint add-ins, your users must be using one of the following:

    • On a Windows device, Version 1704 or later of Microsoft 365 Business licenses (Business Basic, Business Standard, Business Premium), Office 365 Enterprise licenses (E1/E3/E5/F3), or Microsoft 365 Enterprise licenses (E3/E5/F3).
    • On a Mac, Version 15.34 or later.
  • For Outlook, your users must be using one of the following:

    • Version 1701 or later of Microsoft 365 Business licenses (Business Basic, Business Standard, Business Premium), Office 365 Enterprise licenses (E1/E3/E5/F3), or Microsoft 365 Enterprise licenses (E3/E5/F3).
    • Version 1808 or later of Office Professional Plus 2019 or Office Standard 2019.
    • Version 16.0.4494.1000 or later of Office Professional Plus 2016 (MSI) or Office Standard 2016 (MSI)*
    • Version 15.0.4937.1000 or later of Office Professional Plus 2013 (MSI) or Office Standard 2013 (MSI)*
    • Version 16.0.9318.1000 or later of Office 2016 for Mac

Only Business and Enterprise, but you check with the compatibility checker  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=55270 

Thanks for the response - I had seen this was the case, so thanks for confirming. I was also wondering if anyone had a workaround for a university scenario, but it looks like the only solution is for business licenses.