How To Restrict Users From Installing Software From The Office 365 Portal

In this article, I will show you how to restrict users with Office 365 license from downloading and installing software from the Office 365 portal.

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By default, any user with an Office 365 license has access to the Office 365 Portal and can download the Office Suite.

In some cases, you might want to restrict this option and not allow users to download and install Office 2016 desktop app and below I will show you how to limit this.

To restrict user form downloading and installing software from the Office 365 portal, log in to the portal with a Global Administrator use and under Office Software -> Software download settings

In the Software, download settings switch off the checkboxes from the software you don’t want to make available to users.

Below you will see that you have the option to control the release of the feature updates for Office 365.

Depending on the subscription level you will see different options.

In the same page, you also have the option to restrict Software for Mac

With the Mac and Windows option, admins can allow installation of one platform and not the other