Microsoft recently released a preview of the Administrative Templates for Windows 10 in Intune. These Administrative Templates can be found in the Windows 10 Device Configuration profiles. In addition to Office settings, you can also customize Internet Explorer, OneDrive, and other Windows settings.
This post will show how we can easily change some Office 2016 settings on a Windows 10 machine with Office 365 installed that is Intune enrolled and Azure AD joined. I will set some example settings, but feel free to check out any other settings that may interest you.
To configure the Administrative Templates, in the Intune portal (portal.azure.com) go into the Intune section, then go to Device configuration, profiles, Create profile.
Give the profile a meaningful name, and select Windows 10 and later for the platform. For the profile type, select Administrative Templates (Preview) then click on Create.
Now in our new Administrative Templates (Preview) device configuration profile, click on Settings to view all of the settings that we can configure. I would suggest to go through all these settings as there may be other settings that you might want to configure. These will most likely get updated in the future as well with new settings.
In my example I have searched for Office to filter the settings for Microsoft Office.
If you click on one of the settings, it will take you to the setting with the description and the option to enable, or disable the setting. For example I have chosen to enable the setting to hide the option to enable or disable updates.
I am going to go ahead and enable some other settings. You can see the settings that I have enabled are below.
Once the settings are configured, as usual you need to assign the profile to a group. I have chosen to assign this to All Devices in my example.
Now on my example Windows 10 machine that is Intune enrolled, Azure AD joined with Office 365 installed after doing a sync:
You can see that enable automatic updates is enabled, Hide option to enable or disable updates is enabled, and the update branch is set to Current as per my settings in the Administrative Templates.
As noted in the registry above, you can see that the option to Disable Updates has now been removed as well.