Microsoft has released Office version 16.4 OEM Pre-installation Kit (OPK) on DPC. This OPK complements the planned availability of the Office desktop applications in the Windows Store. Also, some end user out-of-box experience workflows that were previously handled in Office client will now be handled by the Windows Store.
The 16.4 OPK uses the Windows Desktop Bridge to allow Office to be managed and updated through the Windows Store. In addition, some end user out-of-box experience (OOBE) workflows that were previously handled by the Office client will now be handled by the Windows Store. Information about Desktop Bridge can be found at http://aka.ms/desktopbridge.
The Office version 16.4 OPK includes the following updates and enhancements:
- Manufacturing enhancements for offline installation through DISM and automatic language management by Windows through Windows Store.
- Office applications can update before first run during installation process, like any other Windows Store application.
- Streamlined OOBE redemption flow for trial and pre-purchase and new capabilities for renewal and purchase through Windows Store.
A summary of the key changes to the Office version 16.4 OPK compared to the version 16.3 OPK are as follows:
|Item||OPK v16.3||OPK v16.4|
|Installation||Office Deployment Tool in audit mode + oemsetup script to configure setup experience||DISM offline image install like other UWP apps, plus audit-mode Powershell script to configure referral code|
|Languages||30+ individual language OPKs||Single language OPK. Languages managed by DISM/Store. Installed languages will automatically match installed Windows Store languages|
|Deployed image size||2.3GB + each language install (200-400MB)||No change. Final image measurement expected to be of similar size|
|End user experiences||Try, Buy, and Activate||No change. Try, Buy, and Activate|
|Supported Office products||Office 365 Consumer, Office Consumer Perpetual, Office 365 Commercial||No change. Office 365 Consumer, Office 365 Commercial, Office Consumer Perpetual|
|Office deployment and servicing technology||Click-To-Run||Windows Store|