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Like to know whether Office 2016 client is required on the machine to be able to use co-authoring in Office 365?


If the client version is not dependent to be able to use this feature, what configuration is required in Office 365 to make co-authoring work for Word, Excel etc. please?




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Co-authoring is a default feature you have in Office 365 so you don't have to configure any setting there. In regards of dependency with the Office cliente:
(1) You have co-authoring in Office Online, so there is no dependency on the Office client.
(2) If you need co-authoring in the Office client, then you need to have installed Office 365 (Office 2016 behind the scenes).

"Word and PowerPoint on all devices and versions more recent than Office 2010 support regular co-authoring. The Excel mobile apps and Excel 2016 with Office 365 also support regular co-authoring. Real-time co-authoring is supported in Word 2016, Word Online and PowerPoint Online."

Please read carefully in the article the difference between regular co-authoring and real-time co-authoring, together with all the requirements for it to work.