Changing the Channel on Microsoft Apps for Enterprise using PowerShell

Changing the Channel on Microsoft Apps for Enterprise using PowerShell

Hello,

In this video I demonstrate how to change the Channel on Microsoft Apps for Enterprise using a PowerShell script that I created.

Or you could do this manually using the following commands;


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#region Channel Names
  $CurrentPreview = 'CurrentPreview'
  $Current = 'Current'
  $MonthlyEnterprise = 'MonthlyEnterprise'
  $SemiAnnual = 'SemiAnnual'
  $SemiAnnualPreview = 'SemiAnnualPreview'
#endregion

$path = 'HKLM:\Software\Policies\Microsoft\office\16.0\common\officeupdate\'
$updatebranch = 'updatebranch'

Set-ItemProperty -Path $path -Name $updatebranch -Value "Insert Channel Name"

Regards
The Author – Blogabout.Cloud

Microsoft Apps for Enterprise – Changing Channels, New Channel and Default changes.

Microsoft Apps for Enterprise – Changing Channels, New Channel and Default changes.

Microsoft has now announced that Microsoft Apps for Enterprise will receive 3 changes to its product releases. These changes are currently In Development but I dont expect them to be in that state for long as I am already seeing one of the changes within my own tenant.

Changes to the current Channel Names

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=63585

Over the lifetime of Office ProPlus which is now Microsoft Apps for Business, Microsoft have changed the name for the channels multiple time. So this new development isnt a surprise as Microsoft does love a name change.

Existing Channel NameNew Channel Name
Semi-AnnualSemi-Annual Enterprise
Semi-Annual (Targeted)Semi-Annual Enterprise (Preview)
MonthlyCurrent
Monthly (Targeted)Current (Preview)

New update channel for Microsoft Apps for Enterprise

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=63591

In the past, there have only ever been 4 main Channels for Microsoft Apps for Enterprise (not including the insider release channels). Microsoft has announced that they are creating a new channel to help customers seeking to stay up to date with features updates, such as real-time collaboration and AI capabilities. This channel will be called Monthly Enterprise

Default Channel for new Office 365 Tenants

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=63757

The existing Office 365 tenants you should be firmilar that Semi-Annual Channel is the default channel, however for new Office 365 tenants the default will become the Current Channel.

Regards
The Author – Blogabout.Cloud