“We need to remove some older apps” error during Office 2016 installation

So you’re very keen to install and use the new Office 2016 suite on your PC? Please be certain to take a few moments before you do that, so you won’t unexpectedly see the error “We need to remove some older apps”:
Subtle error message prompting removal of Office 2013 stand-alone apps

Are you running any of the following standalone Office 2013 applications?

  • Project Standard 2013
  • Project Professional 2013
  • Visio Standard 2013
  • Visio Professional 2013
  • Word 2013
  • Excel 2013
  • PowerPoint 2013
  • Outlook 2013
  • Publisher 2013
  • Access 2013
  • InfoPath 2013
  • SharePoint Designer 2013

If you are, be certain to read the Microsoft Support page about the “We need to remove some older apps” error.

Also, if you are, you may want to see if you qualify for the Special offer for customers with Office 2016 and Office 2013 standalone applications, which expires on June 30, 2016.

UPDATE 11/6/2015: Apparently IU Departmental license purchases for those 2013 stand-alone applications will NOT be covered by that special offer, so new licenses for 2016 versions will need to be obtained through the usual channels.

There is also an IU KB document addressing the Known issues with Office 2016 at IU.

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