Microsoft’s Click-to-Run service offers a completely new way to get MS Office 2013 updates.
But the service can be a problem for some users — including those who rely on Google apps.
Two paths: Click-to-Run versus Windows Update
Microsoft introduced Click-to-Run in retail versions of Office 2010. In part, it reduces the bandwidth needed to download the full suite. Users can begin using an Office application before the entire suite has installed itself. As noted in the MS Office “What is Click-to-Run?” page, you can start working while “the rest of Office is being downloaded quietly in the background.” But more important, Click-to-Run also gives Microsoft a way to silently deploy Office updates.
Click-to-Run is an option with Office 365 ProPlus. Admins can create customized versions of Click-to-Run for their Office 365 deployments — or stick with the traditional Microsoft Installer (MSI) package. Whether single-user or volume-license, Click-to-Run updates download an entire Office image; traditional fixes via Windows Update download and install only parts of the suite.
Click-to-Run can automatically update these retail versions:
- Office Home & Business 2013
- Office Home & Student 2013
- Office Pro 2013
Supported business apps include:
- Lync 2013
- Lync 2013 Basic
- Office 365 Pro Plus
- Project Pro for Office 365
- SharePoint Designer 2013
- Visio Pro for Office 365
Click-to-Run is based on Microsoft’s application-virtualization (App-V; more info) technology. Essentially, App-V streams Office components on demand from an online server to your PC. Unused Office components are not installed locally, saving hard-drive space. For example, InfoPath is a business app used to build workflow forms; most home users have no need for it. App-V will download the app only if you click the app’s icon to launch it.