Distribute Office 2016 apps via the Mac App Store
Receiving updates would be easier avoiding the malfunctions of the AutoUpdate app.
Office ❤ Mac and as of last week Office 365 is available on the newly redesigned Mac App Store. With one click, Mac users can now download the cloud-connected, always-up-to-date version of the Office suite.
You can read more on Verge: https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/24/18196087/microsoft-office-apple-mac-app-store-download
Autoupdate can only be accessed once an app is open. However, a few times I've had trouble opening any of the Office apps and the only way to restore the program was to reinstall.
Daniel Holt commented
Here's one vote AGAINST this suggestion. I've had more trouble with the Mac App Store than with AutoUpdate.