Recently, many of us are frustrated about activating Office 365, complaining that after activation, it changes to Office 2016. Yes, it's a common cause.
Why is this happening? Let's find out.
First, let's see how to activate Office 365 and Office 2016 according to MSGuides.com
Activate Office 365 - https://msguides.com/microsoft-software-products/activate-office-365-proplus-free.html#Activating_your_Office_365_using_KMS_client_key
Activate Office 2016 - https://msguides.com/microsoft-software-products/download-use-office-2016-free-without-product-key.html#Activate_all_versions_of_Office_2016_for_FREE_permanently
Let's see what both the batch files tell us,
Looks pretty similar, isn't ?
First of all, the kms client key is same for both of the batch files which is: XQNVK-8JYDB-WJ9W3-YJ8YR-WFG99
This key is actually a GVLK key of Office ProPlus 2016 used in Office 365.
Proof ? See this: https://github.com/SystemRage/py-kms/wiki/Office-GVLK-Keys#office-2016
Secondly, the kms servers are similar for both files.
What's isn't similar ?
Firstly, the title and name of both the files.
Secondly, the commands, which uninstalls the previous product key, are actuallly similar and just simply rearranged.
Thirdly, the link which tells us to install the latest version.
Both the files are exactly the same, technically.
This is why Office 365 ProPlus converts to Office 2016 ProPlus after activating with office365.cmd.
Finally, different ways to activate Office 365.
1. Using the Office 365 bat file.
2. Using the Office 2016 bat file.
3. Using the Office 2019 bat file. (Recommended)
**I am not disrespecting MSGuides.com in any way. I am just informing others that why Office 365 changes to Office 2016 after activating. I really appreciate the hardwork done in making the scripts.*