Upgrade to Office 2016 using Office 365 for business

With the release of Office 2016, you can now get the latest version of Office on your PC or Mac if you have an existing Office 365 for business subscription, install Office 2013 instead, or sign up anew.

The information below is for organizations, which includes educational institutions, using Office 365 for business.

Notes: Office 365 has different services and the steps to upgrade are different. If you have 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?

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?

If you follow these steps and don't see an option to install Office 2016, Office 2013, or Project or Visio, 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 Manage user software in Office 365.

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?

Important:  If you have a standalone Office 2013 application such as Project, Visio, InfoPath, or SharePoint Designer, see "Stop, you should wait to install Office 2016" error. Some versions of these apps don't work with Office 365 ProPlus or Office 365 Business and the new 2016 apps. If you have one of these standalone apps you might be eligible for a free upgrade of your 2013 standalone app, see Special offer for customers with Office 2016 and Office 2013 standalone applications.

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 Manage user software in Office 365.

  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 Manage user software in Office 365.

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:

Check if Office 2013 was installed using Click-to-Run or MSI
  1. Open an Office 2013 application.

  2. On the File menu, select Account.

  3. For Office 2013 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 <application> button.

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

If your copy of Office 2013 was installed using Click-to-Run:

If your copy of Office 2013 was installed using was MSI:

  1. It is recommended you 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.

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 for Mac 2011

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. 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 Manage user software in Office 365.

  1. If you already have Office for Mac 2011 installed you can install and use Office 2016 for Mac at the same time. However, we recommend that you uninstall Office for Mac 2011 before you install the new version just to prevent any confusion. To uninstall Office for Mac 2011, follow the steps in Uninstall Office 2011 for Mac.

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

    If you don't see an option to install Office 2016 for Mac, 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 Manage user software in Office 365.

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 Manage user software in Office 365.

  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 Manage user software in Office 365.

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.
If your install of Project 2013 was a click-to-run install
  1. Install Project 2013 following the steps in Install Project for Office 365

If your install of Project 2013 was an MSI install
  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 Manage user software in Office 365.

  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 Manage user software in Office 365.

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.
If your install of Visio 2013 was a click-to-run install
  1. Install Visio Pro following the steps in Install Visio Pro for Office 365

If your install of Visio 2013 was an MSI install
  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.

Install Office 2013, Project Pro 2013, or Visio Pro 2013

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

Your admin may want you to install Office 2013 because your organization has compatibility issues with Office 2016. For a list of those known issues, see Why would I install a different version of Office?

Your admin may want you to install Project 2013 because your organization has compatibility issues with Office 2016. For a list of those known issues, see Why would I install a different version of Office?

Your admin may want you to install Visio 2013 because your organization has compatibility issues with Office 2016. For a list of those known issues, see Why would I install a different version of Office?

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.

See Also

Manage user software in Office 365

Need help with Office 2016 in Office 365 for business?

Install Office on your PC or Mac

Troubleshoot installing Office 2016 and Office 2013

Can't find Office applications in Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7?

Known issues with Office and Windows 10

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