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Topic # 184034 7-Nov-2015 17:10
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In recent days I have noticed an upgrade nag whenever I open an Office 365 (2013) app (Word, Outlook etc.).  This nag says 'Get the new Office - its one of the perks of having Office 365' with 'See what's new' and 'Upgrade Office' buttons.

As there are no new features in Office 2016 that are of value to me I don't see any value in upgrading.

Is there a way to get rid of this nag?  Google searches refer only to getting rid of the Windows 10 upgrade nag in 7 and 8 frown


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  Reply # 1422917 7-Nov-2015 18:12
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I know that it's not actually answering your question, but I'd suggest you just listen to the nagging and actually do the upgrade smile
Like you, I wasn't overly convinced that I needed/wanted the enhancements (seemed to be primarily around collaboration) but since I have upgraded, I've progressively been finding minor tweaks and changes that are actually quite nice/useful.

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  Reply # 1422920 7-Nov-2015 18:14
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I have the exact opposite problem. Have Office 365 free through Auckland Uni, but it's a "Professional Plus" version that won't let me upgrade until February.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1422948 7-Nov-2015 20:15
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The changes are very minor, so just upgrade. 
It's free so there isn't really any reason not to.




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  Reply # 1423032 8-Nov-2015 08:22
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The idea behind a subscription based service is that it creates continuous change which is a good thing for both the consumer and the vendor in terms of impact across changes.   I would suggest changing from a "what's in it for me" model to a "how can I leverage the new" model.  :)

The changes from the user interface perspective are fairly minor, so there isn't that much stress because of menus moving and new features to learn.




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  Reply # 1423168 8-Nov-2015 15:42
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TwoSeven: The idea behind a subscription based service is that it creates continuous change which is a good thing for both the consumer and the vendor in terms of impact across changes.   I would suggest changing from a "what's in it for me" model to a "how can I leverage the new" model.  :)

The changes from the user interface perspective are fairly minor, so there isn't that much stress because of menus moving and new features to learn.


While I can understand that a subscription-based model is different (and free of cost), I am looking at this from my perspective only.  What I have works and I know how it works for me.  Upgrading introduces the risk of disruption (however small that risk is) in how things work.  MS history in the upgrade space is not that good (witness Windows 8 vs 7). I simply want to carry on doing exactly what I am doing and the way I am doing it now.  The best chance to maintain the status quo without disruption is not to upgrade. 

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  Reply # 1423176 8-Nov-2015 16:03
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OldGeek:
TwoSeven: The idea behind a subscription based service is that it creates continuous change which is a good thing for both the consumer and the vendor in terms of impact across changes.   I would suggest changing from a "what's in it for me" model to a "how can I leverage the new" model.  :)

The changes from the user interface perspective are fairly minor, so there isn't that much stress because of menus moving and new features to learn.


While I can understand that a subscription-based model is different (and free of cost), I am looking at this from my perspective only.  What I have works and I know how it works for me.  Upgrading introduces the risk of disruption (however small that risk is) in how things work.  MS history in the upgrade space is not that good (witness Windows 8 vs 7). I simply want to carry on doing exactly what I am doing and the way I am doing it now.  The best chance to maintain the status quo without disruption is not to upgrade. 


I have to ask if you are using the Personal or Family subscription. If personal then having a sub and not upgrading means you wasted money on the sub as over time a standard version of Office 2013 would have worked out cheaper.









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  Reply # 1423977 9-Nov-2015 20:20
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Brumfondl:
OldGeek:
TwoSeven: The idea behind a subscription based service is that it creates continuous change which is a good thing for both the consumer and the vendor in terms of impact across changes.   I would suggest changing from a "what's in it for me" model to a "how can I leverage the new" model.  :)

The changes from the user interface perspective are fairly minor, so there isn't that much stress because of menus moving and new features to learn.


While I can understand that a subscription-based model is different (and free of cost), I am looking at this from my perspective only.  What I have works and I know how it works for me.  Upgrading introduces the risk of disruption (however small that risk is) in how things work.  MS history in the upgrade space is not that good (witness Windows 8 vs 7). I simply want to carry on doing exactly what I am doing and the way I am doing it now.  The best chance to maintain the status quo without disruption is not to upgrade. 


I have to ask if you are using the Personal or Family subscription. If personal then having a sub and not upgrading means you wasted money on the sub as over time a standard version of Office 2013 would have worked out cheaper.




Not sure of your terminology above.  I am using Office 365 (no reference to 'Family' or 'Personal').  My subscription allows installs on several PCs and this resulted in Office 2013 being installed - and the nag to upgrade to Office 2016.

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  Reply # 1423984 9-Nov-2015 20:39
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Yeah, my bad. It is called Home not Family. Personal is 1 computer and one tablet. Home is for up to five computers + five tablets + 5 phones apparently.

I can't see a way to stop the nagging and based on the way MS has been lately you may just fine that one patch Tuesday you get the upgrade whether you want it or not. If you have multiple machines you may want to upgrade one and see how it goes If all is well then just bite the bullet and upgrade the rest :/





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  Reply # 1424099 10-Nov-2015 07:26
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TwoSeven: it creates continuous change which is a good thing


Yeah, I'm not convinced. It's always great when you come into work and the punters are asking you where Lync has gone and why if we have Skype (4B) now, wont it connect to auntie Sharon on Skype in Timaru and why are some emails disappearing into a folder called clutter and what is a clutter anyway and why does IT keep randomly changing stuff, and why are IT such bastard people?









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  Reply # 1424108 10-Nov-2015 07:57
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gbwelly:
TwoSeven: it creates continuous change which is a good thing


Yeah, I'm not convinced. It's always great when you come into work and the punters are asking you where Lync has gone and why if we have Skype (4B) now, wont it connect to auntie Sharon on Skype in Timaru and why are some emails disappearing into a folder called clutter and what is a clutter anyway and why does IT keep randomly changing stuff, and why are IT such bastard people?





are these the same users complaining that IT isn't agile enough, that IT doesn't give them new features etc, that they have better technology at home, and bring in personal devices, personal apps etc

what a dilemma :)

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  Reply # 1424166 10-Nov-2015 09:53
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nathan:
gbwelly:
TwoSeven: it creates continuous change which is a good thing


Yeah, I'm not convinced. It's always great when you come into work and the punters are asking you where Lync has gone and why if we have Skype (4B) now, wont it connect to auntie Sharon on Skype in Timaru and why are some emails disappearing into a folder called clutter and what is a clutter anyway and why does IT keep randomly changing stuff, and why are IT such bastard people?





are these the same users complaining that IT isn't agile enough, that IT doesn't give them new features etc, that they have better technology at home, and bring in personal devices, personal apps etc

what a dilemma :)


Oh yes, those same users. Can't win. :)











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  Reply # 1424672 10-Nov-2015 20:17
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OldGeek:
TwoSeven: The idea behind a subscription based service is that it creates continuous change which is a good thing for both the consumer and the vendor in terms of impact across changes.   I would suggest changing from a "what's in it for me" model to a "how can I leverage the new" model.  :)

The changes from the user interface perspective are fairly minor, so there isn't that much stress because of menus moving and new features to learn.


While I can understand that a subscription-based model is different (and free of cost), I am looking at this from my perspective only.  What I have works and I know how it works for me.  Upgrading introduces the risk of disruption (however small that risk is) in how things work.  MS history in the upgrade space is not that good (witness Windows 8 vs 7). I simply want to carry on doing exactly what I am doing and the way I am doing it now.  The best chance to maintain the status quo without disruption is not to upgrade. 


I think the point I was trying to make is that if one gets used to updating subscription software often, one doesn't mind the changes as they are generally quite small and can continue doing things roughly the same as one generally does. 

Since you have access to a multi-user version of office, why not try installing it on another device and seeing what it is like.




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  Reply # 1427305 13-Nov-2015 05:10
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I have the same unresolved problem.  i upgraded to office 2016 using my 365 subscription.  However, ESET antivirus and Icloud both are not compatible with office 2016, so i needed to reinstall 2013.  i have checked again and they are still not compatible today.  Meanwhile, i would like to remove the upgrade nag.  This nag says 'Get the new Office - its one of the perks of having Office 365' with 'See what's new' and 'Upgrade Office' buttons.  i am using a surface pro and as silly as this may sound, the ribbon with this reminder takes valuable desktop space and is visually distracting.

i understand the value of the subscription, but simply cannot do it at this time.  

Please help. 

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  Reply # 1427307 13-Nov-2015 05:41
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gooselyr: I have the same unresolved problem.  i upgraded to office 2016 using my 365 subscription.  However, ESET antivirus and Icloud both are not compatible with office 2016, so i needed to reinstall 2013.  i have checked again and they are still not compatible today.  Meanwhile, i would like to remove the upgrade nag.  This nag says 'Get the new Office - its one of the perks of having Office 365' with 'See what's new' and 'Upgrade Office' buttons.  i am using a surface pro and as silly as this may sound, the ribbon with this reminder takes valuable desktop space and is visually distracting.

i understand the value of the subscription, but simply cannot do it at this time.  

Please help. 


log a support ticket and see what support can do?

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  Reply # 1485674 5-Feb-2016 09:58
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kiwi_64: I know that it's not actually answering your question, but I'd suggest you just listen to the nagging and actually do the upgrade smile
Like you, I wasn't overly convinced that I needed/wanted the enhancements (seemed to be primarily around collaboration) but since I have upgraded, I've progressively been finding minor tweaks and changes that are actually quite nice/useful.

 

I am looking for the same answer... not because I don't like Office 2016 but because the Google Apps sync tool was broken at first, some Quickbooks functions don't work yet and so on.  As a general rule I prefer to wait about a year into a new MS product and then move all my clients as it is needed to avoid all the growing pains.  All that said... it must be packaged in one of the office updates.  Anyone happen to know what particular one it is?


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