First Significant Update to Office Online Server Release Avaialble

Office Online Server update includes performance improvements to co-authoring in Word Online and more. ConfigMgr Current Branch Surpasses 50M Managed Devices-new ConfigMgr 1610 released.

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Office Online Server gets first significant update, including performance improvements to Word Online co-authoring was released on Friday Nov. 18th.

Office Online Server, if you are new, "allows organizations to provide their users with browser-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote," among other capabilities offered in Office Online, from their own datacenters.

To try out the new update, customers are advised to visit their Volume License Servicing Center to download the November release at not cost. However, before installing this latest release "You must uninstall the previous version of OOS to install the November release," Office team stated.

Though free to VLS, customer "will have view-only functionality," which includes PowerPoint sharing in Skype for Business. Should anyone need document creation, edit and save functionality, make sure you have an on-premises Office Suite license with Software Assurance or an Office 365 ProPlus subscription.

Moving forward, the team said customers can expect to receive updates every four months that ensure Microsoft is delivering value to its OOS users.

Finally, a more detailed timeline for future releases is coming within the next two weeks.

Among the features of this update release include (verbatim):

  • 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, writes Office team.
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ConfigMgr Current Branch is now on more than 50 million managed devices

On Friday, Configuration Manager Current Branch surpassed 50 million devices under active management by more than 25,000 organizations.

"We reached this milestone in less than one year after its release," Brad Anderson says. "This is the fastest upgrade to a new version of ConfigMgr in its history."

This week additionally also brought the launch of ConfigMgr 1610, which has lots of new features and enhancements in Windows 10 and Office 365 management, application management, end user experience, client management.

It also includes new functionality for customers using Configuration Manager in hybrid mode with Microsoft Intune.

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