As more and more Office 365 customers adopt Microsoft Teams, we’ve heard from many of you that you want to deploy and manage Teams the same way you deploy and manage other Office 365 apps. To streamline that process, we made Teams available through Office 365 ProPlus alongside Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneDrive. We first provided this option to customers on the monthly channelseveral monthsago. Starting on January 14, 2020, customers on the semi-annual channel will start to receive Teams through Office 365 ProPlus as well. With that date approaching, we want to remind you how to configure Office 365 ProPlus and Teams updates to meet the needs of your organization.
Deploy and manage Teams through Office 365 ProPlus
If you are an existing Office 365 ProPlus (or Office 365 Business) customer on the semi-annual channel, Teams will be included in your organization’s next update startingon January 14, 2020, as a part of the normal update process.
If you’re ready for Teams to be deployed on your users’ machines, you don’t need to take any action. You can learn more how toadopt Teams in this article.If Teams is already installed on a user’s machine, there will be no impact when the semi-annual update rolls out.
Customize Teams deployment as a part of Office 365 ProPlus
While the number of customers using Teams continues to grow, we recognize that not all customers are ready for Teams to be automatically deployed on their users’ machines. You can manage your preferences and configure each Office 365 ProPlus app usingthe Group Policy or the Office Deployment Tool.Learn more abouthow to deployand manage or excludeTeams in your Office 365 ProPlus updates in this article: Deploy Microsoft Teams with Office 365 ProPlus.
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