Upgrade to Office 2016 using Office 365 for business

The information below is for individuals in organizations (including educational institutions, government, and non-profits), using Office 365.

Note: If you have an Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscription, a one-time purchase of Office such as Office Home & Student or Office Home & Business, see How do I get Office 2016? instead.

If you're using Office 365 for Business operated by 21Vianet in China, see Office 365 operated by 21Vianet: How do I get the new Office 2016 apps?

With the release of Office 2016, you can now get the latest version of Office on your PC or Mac for free if you have an existing Office 365 for business subscription that includes the Office desktop applications. If you follow these steps and don't see an option to install the newest products, contact your admin. Your admin may not have assigned a licensed to you or given you permission to install Office.

Are you an Office 365 admin? Admins who want to upgrade users in their organization of the latest version of Office, should first review the step-by-step guidance in, Upgrade users to the latest Office client using Office 365 for business.

Upgrade to Office 2016 with Office 365 for business

Upgrade to Office 2016, Project Professional 2016, or Visio Pro 2016

Select what Office product you want to upgrade. If you're not sure what version of Office you're currently using, see What version of Office am I using?

Upgrade options

What you need to do

Your Office 365 admin or IT department installs Office for you

There's nothing for you to do. Your admin or IT department will likely continue to manage your installations and updates.

Upgrading form an earlier version of Office, such as Office 2010 or Office 2007

If you don't see an option to install Office 2016 when you sign in to portal.office.com/ols/mySoftware.aspx, contact your admin. Your admin may not have assigned a licensed to you or given you permission to install the version of Office you want. If you're the admin, see Upgrade users to the latest Office client using Office 365 for business.

  1. Uninstall Office following the steps in Uninstall Office 2013, Office 2016, or Office 365 from a PC.

  2. Install Office following the steps in Install Office on your PC or Mac.

Upgrading from Office 2013

If you don't see an option to install Office 2016 when you sign in to portal.office.com/ols/mySoftware.aspx, contact your admin. Your admin may not have assigned a licensed to you or given you permission to install the version of Office you want. If you're the admin, see Upgrade users to the latest Office client using Office 365 for business.

The steps to upgrade from Office 2013 depends if your copy of Office was installed using Click-to-Run or MSI. To check, follow these steps:

To determine your installation type

  1. Open an Office application, such as Outlook or Word.

  2. Go to File > Account or Office Account.

  3. If you see an "Update Options" item, you have a Click-to-Run installation. If you don't see the "Update Options" item, you have an MSI-based install.

    CTR vs MSI

For Click-to-Run versions of Office 2013:

  1. Install Office 2016 following the steps in Install Office on your PC or Mac.

For MSI versions of Office 2013:

  1. Uninstall Office 2013 following the steps in Uninstall Office 2013, Office 2016, or Office 365 from a PC.

  2. Install Office 2016 following the steps in Install Office on your PC or Mac.

Ways to upgrade

What you need to do

Your Office 365 admin or IT department installs Project Online Desktop Client for you

There's nothing for you to do. Your admin or IT department will likely continue to manage your installations and updates.

Upgrading form an earlier version of Project, such as Project Professional 2010 or Project Professional 2007

If you don't see an option to install Project Online Desktop Client when you sign into portal.office.com/ols/mySoftware.aspx, contact your admin. Your admin may not have assigned a licensed to you or given you permission to install the version of Office you want. If you're the admin, see Upgrade users to the latest Office client using Office 365 for business.

  1. Uninstall Project following the steps in Uninstall Office 2013, Office 2016, or Office 365 from a PC.

  2. Install Project following the steps in Install Project for Office 365.

Upgrading from Project Professional 2013

If you don't see an option to install Project Online Desktop Client when you sign into portal.office.com/ols/mySoftware.aspx, contact your admin. Your admin may not have assigned a licensed to you or given you permission to install the version of Office you want. If you're the admin, see Upgrade users to the latest Office client using Office 365 for business.

The steps to upgrade from Project 2013 depends if your copy of Project was installed using Click-to-Run or MSI. To check, follow these steps:

Check if Project 2013 was installed using Click-to-Run or MSI   

  1. Open the Project 2013 application.

  2. On the File menu, select Account.

  3. For Project 2013Click-to-Run installations, you'll have an Update Options button.

    MSI-based installations don't have an Update Options button. These installs only show an About Project button.

    Click-to-run installations have an Update Options button on the Account page. MSI-based installations don't have this button.

For Click-to-Run versions of Project 2013:

  1. Install Project 2013 following the steps in Install Project for Office 365

For MSI versions of Project 2013:

  1. It is recommended you uninstall Project following the steps in Uninstall Office 2013, Office 2016, or Office 365 from a PC.

  2. Install Project following the steps in Install Project for Office 365.

Ways to upgrade

What you need to do

Your Office 365 admin or IT department installs Visio Pro for Office 365 for you

There's nothing for you to do. Your admin or IT department will likely continue to manage your installations and updates.

Upgrading form an earlier version of Visio, such as Visio Professional 2010 or Visio Professional 2007

If you don't see an option to install Visio when you sign into portal.office.com/ols/mySoftware.aspx, contact your admin. Your admin may not have assigned a licensed to you or given you permission to install the version of Office you want. If you're the admin, see Upgrade users to the latest Office client using Office 365 for business.

  1. Uninstall Visio following the steps in Uninstall Office 2013, Office 2016, or Office 365 from a PC.

  2. Install Visio following the steps in Install Visio Pro for Office 365.

Upgrading from Visio Professional 2013

If you don't see an option to install Visio when you sign into portal.office.com/ols/mySoftware.aspx, contact your admin. Your admin may not have assigned a licensed to you or given you permission to install the version of Office you want. If you're the admin, see Upgrade users to the latest Office client using Office 365 for business.

The steps to upgrade from Visio depends if the installation is click-to-run or MSI-based. To check, follow these steps:

Check if Visio 2013 was installed using Click-to-Run or MSI   

  1. Open Visio application.

  2. On the File menu, select Account.

  3. For Visio click-to-run installations, you'll have an Update Options button.

    MSI-based installations don't have an Update Options button. These installs only show an About <Visio> button.

    Click-to-run installations have an Update Options button on the Account page. MSI-based installations don't have this button.

For Click-to-Run versions of Visio 2013:

  1. Install Visio Pro following the steps in Install Visio Pro for Office 365

For MSI versions of Visio 2013:

  1. It is recommended you uninstall Visio following the steps in Uninstall Office 2013, Office 2016, or Office 365 from a PC.

  2. Install Visio following the steps in Install Visio Pro for Office 365.

Upgrade options on Mac

Your Office 365 admin or IT dept. installs Office for you:

There's nothing you need to do. Your admin or IT department will likely continue to manage your installations and updates.

Upgrading from an earlier version of Office, such as Office for Mac 2011:

  1. Install Office following the steps in Install Office on your PC or Mac.

    Note: If you don't see an option to install Office 2016 for Mac, when you sign into portal.office.com/ols/mySoftware.aspx, contact your admin. They may not have assigned a license to you or given permission to install the latest version. If you're the admin, see Upgrade users to the latest Office client using Office 365 for business.

  2. If you have Office for Mac 2011 installed, you can keep both versions of Office on your computer. We recommend that after you feel comfortable with Office 2016 for Mac that you uninstall Office for Mac 2011 as it will no longer be supported after October 10, 2017.

    Important: Office for Mac 2011 is no longer be available to download from the portal, so be sure you're ready to move to Office 2016 for Mac if you choose to uninstall the previous version.

Sign up for a new Office 365 for business subscription

Depending on the plan you choose, Office 365 for business plans include the latest versions of Office. If you’re interested in setting up Office 365 in your organization and would like to learn more or buy it, see Office 365 Business and Enterprise plans.

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