So tired of Microsoft’s Walled Garden….

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All I want to do is remove Skype for Business from my Office 365 installation and there is simply no way to do that.

I can prevent it from ever starting up, but I cannot remove it completely…

I’m just so tired of not having the ability to control what is and is not installed on my computer.

This is NOT progress.

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16 responses to “So tired of Microsoft’s Walled Garden….”

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    Paul Thurrott

    This not worth stressing over.


    The reason it's this way is that it's Office 365: Microsoft develops the suite with the understanding that every application is there. This lets them update the applications as a whole and not have to worry about what happens when one or more apps are missing. The cloud parts of Office 365 works similarly. You can't "remove" Exchange Online either.


    But the most important thing to remember is that this doesn't hurt you in the slightest: The Office applications share tons of code and even if you did remove the exe and whatever unique supporting files, you'd probably be looking at some low MB (maybe even KB) of disk space savings.

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    sentinel6671

    I think you need to stop sweating the small stuff and work on other important things in your life. Obsessing about every single bit installed on your computer is so 1992.

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    abillimore

    Some people think getting a plate full of food is good value for money. For others it ruins the meal. Walled garden would be the wrong term to use here I think but I understand your point to some extent.

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    Tony Barrett

    I understand you concern. While others say it's not worth worrying about, what this highlights is the ever growing issue of cloud services taking away your control, and ultimately, that's what it's all about. In Microsoft's case, remember, 'they know best', and it will only get worse. Even if you don't use all those extra features, they will keep adding things you might never use in the hope you add them to your monthly subscription, thus they then increase revenue per user. This is the approach they're taking with Win10 too - basic feature after feature added, in the hope you start paying for the more advanced subscription packages. Offline online 'free' is a good example - fine for the simple stuff, but it leads to Office 365 if you want something more advanced.

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    Fhm

    The Office Deployment tool supports custom installations of Office 365 (and 2013, 2016, 2019). Microsoft's end user instructions for it aren't great, but they definitely do fully support partial installations of Office 365.

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    Minke

    Try Linux. You are in control there and do as you please with most distros. Ubuntu even has a "minimal install" option that doesn't include much software at all. You can install exactly what you want and remove what you want. But, I suspect because you are here you want and need Office and all its baggage. Frankly, I find that most features of Office are overkill for what I need and do. Sure, once in awhile there is some Microsoft-specific feature I miss, but most of the time I am very happy with the Linux replacements.

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    waethorn

    Wow. The comments about "don't stress out about it" are pretty ignorant and unhelpful. Fhm has the correct answer.


    Petri even has some (outdated) information about it here: petri.com/using-office-365-proplus-with-office-deployment-tool


    Here's Microsoft's documentation directly: docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployoffice/deploy-office-365-proplus-from-the-cloud

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    wright_is

    You can change it in the allowed software, this restricts what is installed. I'm not getting Skype for Business on my installations, because we have disabled it and removed it from the install package.

    Have you tried changing the XML file that says what is installed?

    I don't know if re-running the install package afterwards will remove Skype for Business, or whether you will first have to de-install and then re-install. But adjusting the XML definitely disabled it for us.

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