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As we switch to a cloud SharePoint, our users are being displayed a link across the top that says "Office 365". Clicking on this link in the browser / SharePoint in the cloud, it redirects to https://www.office.com/?auth=2&home=1. This link has an install link for Office 365, of which we want to block this from being used while a user is on a domain joined device. We have 9 medical apps that we need to keep and prevent them from using a version of Office 365 we are not ready to support and we keep having this portal installed version used or installed by those we fight to take away admin perms from using or doing.

Per Microsoft, that link can be hidden from used if we select an option in the tenant space where we manage the O365 configuration in the cloud, but by hiding this our users have no place to install from an on personal machines at home. Now this is what our Director and Management is being told by Microsoft and then they decide that it must be enabled and displayed at all times.  Our leadership is starting to see the issue happen and installed devices from this portal or link are the issue they know to have happened.

So for the question;
We are looking for a link that our users can use on personal devices to do an install of Office 365 and NOT need to be logged into Office.com to make this happen. If we could provide such a link, we could then post that link for use at home, and then hide the link for install from use.

Anyone know of an install that is safe for use?

We have asked Microsoft for this and have been given the answer, users have to logon to Office.com to be able to click that link to install on a personal machine, and they have to use their company logon to get to that link.

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As we switch to a cloud SharePoint, our users are being displayed a link across the top that says "Office 365". Clicking on this link in the browser / SharePoint in the cloud, it redirects to https://www.office.com/?auth=2&home=1. This link has an install link for Office 365, of which we want to block this from being used while a user is on a domain joined device. We have 9 medical apps that we need to keep and prevent them from using a version of Office 365 we are not ready to support and we keep having this portal installed version used or installed by those we fight to take away admin perms from using or doing.

Per Microsoft, that link can be hidden from used if we select an option in the tenant space where we manage the O365 configuration in the cloud, but by hiding this our users have no place to install from an on personal machines at home. Now this is what our Director and Management is being told by Microsoft and then they decide that it must be enabled and displayed at all times.  Our leadership is starting to see the issue happen and installed devices from this portal or link are the issue they know to have happened.

So for the question;
We are looking for a link that our users can use on personal devices to do an install of Office 365 and NOT need to be logged into Office.com to make this happen. If we could provide such a link, we could then post that link for use at home, and then hide the link for install from use.

Anyone know of an install that is safe for use?

We have asked Microsoft for this and have been given the answer, users have to logon to Office.com to be able to click that link to install on a personal machine, and they have to use their company logon to get to that link.

Thanks,
//BtilEntrails



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Um, so the goal is to prevent corporate devices from installing Office 2016?  
Isn't there a group policy setting available for that?  
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From what I read, the goal is to not install O365 latest version on corporate.

But to allow O365 be installed on prem.

Short answer, I don't think you can enable the link just outside the corporate environment.

You could potentially give the end users a link that they send to their own personal email address and download from that.

But the problem with the cloud is "you can have any colour you want as long as its black"
I've tried the different deployment options, but never managed to get very far with them in a working manner.

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Thanks all, really appreciate your time and answer for us.

DNS blocking:
We considered the DNS block of the link, but when you have SharePoint in the cloud, Microsoft plants a nearly one inch thick ribbon across the top of every page and in that ribbon is a link to install Office. Block it we (IT and Support) get what we are wanting, but the users call when the link fails to open a page correctly. I asked that they create a page and a redirect so a page will not open and look like crap, of which nothing has happened and the link is still available for use. So that is on hold / dead in the water with the wonders of unicorns and leadership, where seeing one or getting a decision from them all go to live in a happy place of their own.


Policy and blocking:
Is no Policy to block this. Can only prevent the install link from appearing by way of a switch in the cloud interface for O365 or the tenant admin web site. Microsoft could do a better job here. They sell O365 as having an employee perk / business advantage for reason to go with it. Of which an employee can install O365 on any 6 devices they would want. But the button to do that install requires that the users first logon to a Microsoft web site and provide their company email and credentials to get to the download and install site. With that little item shared, the admin web site allows you to display the install link on that logged into web site to do the install or you can hide the download link from the admin site for all users. We are talking about a product that at use, it asks for a logon to use it, so why require a user to logon to a web site to download the software? Stupid!!!


Wobble_Wobble:
You are spot on, I am hoping to find an installer that we can use and put it on our company employee Perks website. We talked with Microsoft and explained our goals for what we are wanting. Asked if Microsoft had a link we could place on that Perks page and the link they gave us was one that points our users to logon and it then send them to the same crap tastic world of batshit crazy that is a link or no link being displayed from the admin console for Office 365 tenant space.


I have even seen new laptops preinstalled with a version of O365 that only require the user to logon with their company credentials, of which I asked if I could use or get that installer and then would place it on the Perks site for download and use. I was told that is for hardware manufactures only, would not get it for me to use.

Microsoft is becoming more like Apple for me each day, its all about the retails end of things more and more. I almost asked if we could get 6 or 7 Microsoft staff to come to our company and talk with us, at least I could invite them to a true circle jerk with that many people on site. Just saying doing that over a support phone call is really hard and I could make them happier if Microsoft came onsite for the full effect.




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