How to block microsoft office 2016 from updating
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One has to wonder how a major bug like this one slipped through the testing cracks.
It is certainly possible that the bug is affecting only a tiny number of machines; Microsoft would have pulled the update, probably, if it would affect all Office installations it is installed on or the majority of them.
Searching the web shows several forum posts (here) where users are complaining about this behavior and searching ways to block the notification.
A Microsoft forum moderator posted here a few details when and why the notification will be shown for Office 365 for business subscribers: Users who purchased an Office 365 for home subscription, such as Office 365 Home, seeing this notification, should upgrade to Office 2016.
Users of a Click-to-Run-Installation of Office 2013 or Office 365 Pro Plus subscribers see an ad, recommending an upgrade to Office 2016.
The blog post shows how to get rid of this notification and disable Office upgrade.
But we should note, that updates for Office 2013 ends after February 2017.Those who don't click on hyperlinks or can avoid clicking on them may do so as well.Now You: What is your take on Microsoft and update testing? (via Woody) Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it.Then again, Microsoft has a track record of releasing buggy updates.Windows 10 version 1809 is a prime example of this; the whole Windows community, at least those on Windows 10, hopes that Microsoft gets Windows 10 version 1903 right the first time it is released later this month.
A bug that stops any Office application dead in its track is quite serious; Office administrators and users who have not installed the patch yet may want to consider skipping it until the issue is resolved.