Ga naar content
Zoek op onderwerpen, blogs, diensten etc.

Office 2016 in Azure RemoteApp now officially supported

With the December updates of Azure RemoteApp, the product team announced official support for Office 2016 for Office 365 in Azure RemoteApp. For an overview of the new features of Office 2016, check out What's new in Outlook 2016 for Windows.

Installing Office 2016

I updated my Template Image in Azure IaaS with Office 2016.

Office 2016 installation
The installation is similar to Office 2013 for Office 365. You create an installer xml file and use the Office 2016 Deployment Tool to perform the download and configuration.

For guidance also see Office 2016 Deployment Tool. For Azure RemoteApp (or any RDS environment) make sure SharedComputerLicensing and AutoActivate are enabled in your config file.

Publishing

After importing the IaaS template image into the Azure RemoteApp Templates store and updating the Azure RemoteApp collection, we're ready to publish Office 2016! Because Azure Portal is able to show a list of applications to publish, we can easily select the desired Office 2016 applications to publish. Optionally you can also provide the full path (by default under %SYSTEMDRIVE%Program Files (x86)Microsoft OfficerootOffice16\)

Testing

And here is Office 2016 for Office 365 running in Azure RemoteApp using an HTML5 clientless experience in Chrome (Yes, HTML5 was released in preview last week!)

Office 2016 in Azure RemoteApp
And here is the full Office 2016 suite in the Azure RemoteApp client

What about Search?

A hot topic for Outlook has always been Search. For an optimal user experience Search in Outlook is definitely a must, but depending in the configuration Search can also be a performance killer, especially in RDS environments. This is what Microsoft says on Search in Outlook for Azure RemoteApp

"...In Azure RemoteApp, using search within Outlook has limitations. Azure RemoteApp uses pooled VMs to accommodate user sessions. Search indexing depends on the machine ID, which is different for different VMs. It is possible that every time a user logs into Azure RemoteApp, they are directed to a new VM. That would mean, if we enable local search, the indexer will run every time the machine ID changes (when the user is on a different VM). Depending on the size of the .OST file, the indexer could take a long time to complete and use up resources needed for other apps. Search would not only be slow but might not produce results. A way to work around this would be to enable online search by default. Unfortunately, indexed/local search cannot be disabled and online search cannot be enabled by default in Outlook 2013.
Outlook 2016 has a solution to tackle this, by providing a new online search experience for mailboxes hosted on Exchange 2016 (or hosted in Office 365). This uses server search results against the local cache (OST). Outlook might fall back to using the search indexer in some scenarios, but most searches would use the online mode. The recommendation from Azure RemoteApp would be to use Outlook 2016 if mail search is a very important scenario...."

Combined with the Microsoft's statement below, Office 2016 in Azure RemoteApp should provide a much better user experience for Search and would be the way to go! That is if, according to Microsoft, "mail search is a very important scenario". Really? :)

"...Outlook 2016 email search is faster, more reliable and provides improved performance. You can seamlessly search email across your local computer, Exchange 16 server or Office 365 Mailbox.
Outlook makes it easier to find email by offering keyword and people suggestions based on your mailbox content from Exchange 2016. You can quickly find email from someone that you've been exchanging emails with or a project you’re working on. Simply start typing someone's name or a keyword in the search box to see suggestions from Exchange 2016..."

The product team has also announced to release a Azure IaaS template image soon in which Office 2016 for Office 365 is pre-installed and ready to use!

Meer over Azure

Blogpost / 13-6-2019

Azure in de praktijk: 4 Business Cases van Wortell

.tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {bo...
Blogpost / 3-5-2016

Besparen op IT infrastructuur kosten met Microsoft Azure

.tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {bo...
Blogpost / 14-1-2016

HTML5 for Azure RemoteApp available in public preview!

The HTML5 client for Azure RemoteApp is now available in public preview, test the client and, read my first experience here!
Blogpost / 30-11-2015

First glimpse at the Azure RemoteApp HTML5 client!

Although the preview of the new client is not available yet, here are some screenshots to allow for a first glimpse at the Azure RemoteApp HTML5 clien...
Blogpost / 30-10-2015

Your apps, our cloud, no hassle! - Azure RemoteApp

Microsoft heeft een nieuwe landingspagina gelanceerd voor Azure RemoteApp!
Blogpost / 25-8-2015

New Azure RemoteApp feature: Link existing vnet to cloud collection

There is a new feature available in Azure RemoteApp! Linking an existing vnet to an Azure RemoteApp Deployment.
Blogpost / 19-6-2015

Managing your Azure RemoteApp application landscape using FSLogix Apps.

Article covering how to extend Microsoft Azure RemoteApp with FSLogix Apps to enable further management of your application landscape.
Blogpost / 27-4-2014

Securing Remote Desktop Services with Azure Multi Factor Authentication

​An article on how to set up Remote Desktop Services with Azure Multi Factor Authentication
Blogpost / 1-12-2013

Unwanted change of the public IP address of your Windows Azure Cloud Service

I recently had some cases where I lost the public IP address which was assigned to a cloud service within Windows Azure. This was not really a desired...
Blogpost / 5-9-2013

Running Dell vWorkspace in Windows Azure

​Running Dell vWorkspace in Windows Azure
Blogpost / 4-9-2013

Load balancing RDS with KEMP Load Master for Azure

​Blog post on Load balancing Remote Desktop Services Web Access & Gateway with KEMP Load Master for Azure
Vacature

Azure Developer

Samen met je team ga jij aan de slag met het bouwen van cloudoplossingen.
Vacature

Azure Consultant

Jij neemt samen met je team onze klanten mee naar Azure.
Vacature

Azure Architect

Jij weet hoe je organisaties kan transformeren naar technologie gedreven organisaties
Vacature

System Administrator

Je behandelt de complexe en technische vraagstukken van onze klanten.