Semi-annual channel option for Office 365 Business
Can we add an option for Office 365 Business customers to change release channels in the Admin portal, from the default (or locked) monthly to semi-annual. Or at least give us info that by default users with Business are only in Monthly and a link on how to change users locally using ODT or other methods. Currently as an admin you see the option and you can select montly or semi-annual, but it has no affect on the users config.
Right now the situation is only Pro Plus office licenses respect the semi-annual but business users just ignore the admin portal config. This is confusing at best.
I understand the business case for making this the Default option for smaller business, but default is not exclusive. It would be great if it was Monthly by Default, but then the admin could select semi-annual option - and or control pro and business differently.
Realistically it's confusing to even show semi-annual and monthly option in the control panel if you don't even have any Pro subscriptions since it's a non functional feature for your tenant.
Not to mention even while I've overridden the monthly default and specified semi-annual, I'm still randomly downloading installs from portal and deployment that turn out to be Monthly channel. For absolutely no reason.
If I ask Microsoft for help, they suggest registry workarounds instead of actually acknowledging a very serious issue.
Agree this is a poor experience, not all users want updates forced on them every month. They also have business critical apps and plugins.
I strongly agree with your idea Bri!
Hope Microsoft Developer will take note of it and deploy this as soon as possible.