Microsoft has released a new successor to its Office Web Apps Server 2013 called Office Online Server (OOS). OOS allows business organizations to use browser based free Office Online apps in their own data centers. In addition to it, Microsoft aims to provide same experience of its Office Online cloud service to OOS through regular updates.
“Microsoft recognizes that many organizations still value running server products on-premises for a variety of reasons. With OOS, you get the same functionality we offer with Office Online in your own datacenter,” said Microsoft while announcing the release of Office Online Server.
The company also announced the general availability of its content and collaboration service Sharepoint Server 2016. The new version delivers significant value in three areas namely a cloud inspired infrastructure, compliance and reporting for effective Data Loss Prevention (DLP), and enhanced user experiences.
Sharepoint Server 2016 brings innovation from Office 365 to on-premises farm, with improvements to document libraries and navigation constructs that are consistent with Office 365.
According to Microsoft, by investing in cloud-inspired infrastructure and compliance and reporting, Sharepoint Server 2016 is the highest quality, scalable and reliable release of SharePoint.
Office Online Server is also designed to work with SharePoint Server 2016 in addition to Exchange Server 2016 and Skype for Business Server 2016. It is also backward compatible with SharePoint Server 2013, Exchange Server 2013 and Lync Server 2013.
Microsoft has designed OOS and Sharepoint 2016 in a way that provides maximum benefit to users on integrating the two services. For instance, users can create, share and collaborate on Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote files in their browser.
This will also enable real-time collaboration by allowing multiple people to work on a document at the same time and see everyone’s changes as they happen.
Business organizations which are already enterprise customers of Microsoft having Microsoft’s volume licensing need not pay anything extra for using OOS. They can directly download OOS from the Volume License Servicing Center.
However, OOS will have only view-only functionality in this way including PowerPoint sharing in Skype for Business. Users will need to have an on-premises Office suite license with Software Assurance or an Office 365 ProPlus subscription if they want to use OOS for document creation, editing, and saving.