Microsoft’s Office Blogs recently released a video in its Garage Series explaining how the new Click-To-Run version of the Office Suite updates itself and how that process differs from the MSI-based install.
Essentially, when Office checks for updates, it only streams down the delta bits of code. So, for instance if you’re running a January version of Office 2013 installed via click-to-run, and Office gets updated in April and only 10% of the bits have changed, your computer will only need to download the 10% difference.
When you install Office, two scheduled tasks get created to check for updates.
- One task is triggered to run at each login
- Another task is triggered to run at 3 AM, 3 times/week
The team also talks about how to distribute these updates manually via SCCM. Watch the video below for more detail (oh, and a ride in a Ferrari F430 Spider).
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