Microsoft announces new features to improve Office apps in virtualized environments

Microsoft today announced new capabilities to improve Office apps experience in virtualized environments for enterprise customers. To improve the speed and reliability of virtualized Office apps, Microsoft has now fully integrated FSLogix container technology with Office apps. This feature is now available for free to all enterprise customers with following licenses.

  • Microsoft 365 E3/E5/A3/A5/Student Use Benefits/F1/Business
  • Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5
  • Windows 10 Education A3/A5
  • Windows 10 VDA per user
  • Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Client Access License (CAL) and Subscriber Access License (SAL)

Microsoft today also announced the following new features in Office apps:

  • Windows Server 2019 will support OneDrive Files On-Demand for virtualized Office apps users in the coming months.
  •  Microsoft support Office 365 ProPlus running on Windows Server 2019.
  • Outlook Cached Mode improvements help people running Outlook on virtual desktops access email and calendars faster:
    • Sync Inbox before Calendar means people get faster access to email so they can start working right away.
    • Reduce the number of folders that are synced by default, and an Admin option to reduce the Calendar sync window; both of which help syncs complete 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. Microsoft is 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.

Source: Microsoft

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