How to get Insider Fast version Office 2016 (Commercial Customers)

First the Administrator of the Office 365 tenant has to opt in users to the First Release track. Go to the tenant admin portal, Settings , Organization Profile.

firstreleaseset org








The first release options can be set to selected users or entire organization. Now when the correct options are set we can continue to install the first release bits of Office 2016. Download the latest Office Deployment Tool (Office 2016 version) from the Microsoft Download Center and install it.

There are three possibilities of the channels as of below

Update channel Primary purpose How often updated with new features Default update channel for the following products
Current Channel Provide users with the newest features of Office as soon as they’re available. Monthly Visio Pro for Office 365

Project Online Desktop Client

Office 365 Business, which is the version of Office that comes with some Office 365 plans, such as Business Premium.

Deferred Channel Provide users with new features of Office only a few times a year. Every four months Office 365 ProPlus
First Release for Deferred Channel Provide pilot users and application compatibility testers the opportunity to test the next Deferred Channel. Every four months None

When the Deployment tool is installed in the directory of choosing, edit the configuration.xml and place something like below in the file :


<Add OfficeClientEdition=”32″ Channel=”InsiderFast”>

<Product ID=”O365ProPlusRetail”>

<Language ID=”en-us” />




When this done we can proceeding with installing the bits of Office 2016 32  bits. Please ensure there is no installation of Office present on the machine.

Go to the command prompt in elevated mode or powershell en type the following command:

Setup.exe /configure configuration.xml

Now the installation will start and when its done you will have the Fast Insider bits.







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