Microsoft and Apple have just added Office 365 to the Mac App Store. This means you will never have to use Microsoft AutoUpdate on the Mac again – simply install Office from the App Store and the App Store will update it.
If you use Microsoft Office on a Mac, you are probably familiar with this annoying update program. We had all sorts of issues with it, including updates that took time to download and stop updates in between.
While writing this article, we started Microsoft AutoUpdate and downloaded an AutoUpdate update. It was then restarted and downloaded a second update for themselves. After the third reboot, updates were finally released for our installed applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote.
But you do not have to mess with this updater anymore. Simply uninstall Office from your Mac and then install Office 365 on the Mac App Store. If you're an Office 365 subscriber, you can simply install it and sign in with your existing Office 365 account. The Mac App Store then updates your Microsoft Office applications. No more AutoUpdate from Microsoft!
Unfortunately, if you've purchased a boxed copy of Office for Mac, you're out of luck. You must continue to use the old Microsoft AutoUpdate Updater. This feature is just the Microsoft Office 365 subscription service that Microsoft is slowly encouraging to use.