Office apps are now easier to use in virtual environments

by Vlad Turiceanu
Vlad Turiceanu
Vlad Turiceanu
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Office apps are now easier to use in virtual environments

Microsoft Office 365 is used by many organisations to transform their workplace collaborations.

FSLogix technology available for Microsoft 365 customers

To cut costs and improve the user experience, some of them use virtualization. With this in mind, Microsoft took advantage of FSLogix technology to improve the experience in virtualized environments:

  • FSLogix technology, which improves the performance of Office 365 ProPlus in multi-user virtual environments, is now available at no additional cost for Microsoft 365 customers.
  • Windows Server 2019 will add support for OneDrive Files On-Demand in the coming months.
  • Office 365 ProPlus, our flagship Office experience, will be supported on Windows Server 2019.
  • And we’ve added new capabilities to Outlook, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams in Office 365 ProPlus to improve the user experience in a virtualized environment.

In other words, with FSLogix you’ll get a reliable experience with Office apps in any environment. 

Also, Windows Server 2019 will get support for Office 365 ProPlus and OneDrive Files On-Demand in the near future, leading to reduced User Profile Disk storage requirements and fast access to files.

Outlook, OneDrive, and Teams get new features

Several other apps in Office 365 will get significant improvements to the virtualization experience:

  • Outlook Cached Mode improvements help people running Outlook on virtual desktops access email and calendars faster.
  • OneDrive now features a per-machine installation option, allowing people to share a single installation of the OneDrive app while still maintaining their own individual folders and files as if they are on their own device.
  • Teams also has a per-machine installation for Chat and Collaboration. In the coming months, we’ll offer Calling and Meetings in Teams through Audio/Video Media optimization in collaboration with Citrix. We’re also planning additional Teams enhancements, including improved app deployment, support for Windows Virtual Desktop, performance enhancements, and optimized caching for non-persistent setups.
  • Windows Search per-user index allows each user profile to persist its own search index, so that search is fast and individualized.

Some of these changes have already been implemented. There’s no exact ETA on when the rest will arrive, but we expect them to go online before the end of this summer.

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