May Release of Office 365/2013 Click To Run (Desktop Apps) Allows Install of Individual Applications Print E-mail
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Saturday, May 24, 2014 7:19am

With Office 2013 Microsoft created a new deployment and installation mechanism known as "Click To Run (CTR)".  This is the method used to deploy office from the web in a near instant fashion and it includes a type of "Runtime App-V" under the covers.  The same mechanism is used to deploy the Click To Run edition in corporations. Up until now you could only install the entire suite of Office applications when using Click To Run (MSI based installs have always retained full selective product install capabilities).

Let me be quick to clarify that any time an installation is source from the Office 365 website by users, they will still get the entire suite.  This is because the ability to customize what Click To Run products are installed is done with a customized config.xml that you prepare.  There is no ability to cause the portal to use a custom config.xml, so it installs everything by default.

The new capability is implemented as new "product to exclude" nodes under the config.xml's the <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail"> node.  If you have had to setup config.xml for additional localized languages, they are also done as a child node of the Product ID.

An example of the new format is <ExcludeApp ID="Access" />

So a complete section of the Config.xml that excludes access looks like this:

<Add OfficeClientEdition="32" >
  <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail">      
    <Language ID="en-us" />
    <ExcludeApp ID="Access" />   

Source from the May 2014 release of Office 365 Pro Plus is the one designed to work with this new feature.

To install only one product (e.g. Lync 2013) you must exclude all the others.

You will want to take a look at the complete list of exclusion IDs in the link below - at least one departs from what might be expect (OneDrive's ID is "Groove").

Complete list of Exclusion IDs

New Click To Run (CTR) Office Deployment Toolkit.

Microsoft Garage Series on New Capabilities.


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