How to download Office 365 Deferred Channel for Office 2016

Here is how you can download the new deferred channel of Office 365 ProPlus, which I talked about yesterday.

Step 1

Download the Office 2016 Deployment Tool, the current version being 16.0.6612.6353.

Office 2016 Deployment Tool

Step 2

​Run the file you just downloaded, in my example  'officedeploymenttool_6612-6353.exe' or whatever the latest version is called.

Accept the prompts and chose where to extract the files.  With this complete you will have a setup.exe and configuration.xml file in your chosen folder.​

Step 3

Leave ​configuration.xml as it is and create a new xml file in notepad called 'download_deferred.xml'

​Here is the contents for 'download_deferred.xml', change the SourcePath to a folder on your PC

<Configuration>

<Add SourcePath="C:\\ODT Latest\\Deferred" OfficeClientEdition="32" Branch="Business">
<Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail">
<Language ID="en-us" />
</Product>
</Add>

</Configuration>

We are specifying the 'Business Branch" in the xml file, which is now known as the Deferred Channel.  Here are the other valid settings.

xml branch setting

Channel

Current

Current Channel

Business

Deferred Channel

Validation

First Release for Deferred Channel

FirstReleaseCurrent

First Release for Current Channel

Step 5

Now lets download the deferred channel of Office 365 ProPlus 

setup /download download_deferred.xml

You should then see the Deferred folder appear almost immediately, as all the files are downloaded.  This amounts to around 1.13 GB of data, which could take a while depending on your internet speed to download.  It took a solid 20-25 minutes for me.