Microsoft updates Office Online Server, allows companies to run Office from their own data centers

Today marks the “first significant update to Office Online Server” according to the Office team.

Back in May, the Office team released Offie Online Server (OOS) that enabled businesses to provide its users with browser-based versions of the Office suite that included Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Word.

With the Office team now having a few months of telemetry to lean on as well as customer suggestions and feedback, the new Office Online Server update is being released with the following updates:

  • Performance improvements to co-authoring in Word Online.
  • Support for embedded Power View sheets in Excel Online.
  • Improvements when working with tables in Word Online and PowerPoint Online, including better drag-and-drop support.
  • Support for showing spelling errors inline in the PowerPoint editor.
  • Improved picture resizing in Word Online.
  • Copy and paste improvements in PowerPoint Online.
  • Support for shapes in Excel Online viewer.
  • Significant improvements for users that rely on assistive technologies—HTML markup updated to more fully support W3C accessibility standards.

To try out the new update, the Office team is urging customers to visit their Volume License Servicing Center to download the November release.

You must uninstall the previous version of OOS to install the November release.”

The Office team is working to adjust that process in coming releases, but in the meantime, customers can expect to receive updates every four months to help ensure Microsoft is offering value to its OOS customers.

To read more about OSS, Customer Volume Licensing, or the details of the November update, visit the Office Blogs.

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