Microsoft updates Office Online Server, announces release schedule

Microsoft announced it intends to stick to a twice-per-year cadence of major releases for Windows 10 and Office. Along with that, it has updated the Office Online Server for data centers.

Office Online Server basically lets companies deliver Office Online to their users from their data centers rather than over the internet and from Microsoft’s servers. Microsoft introduced the Office Online Server (OOS) as a successor to Office Web Apps Server 2013.

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Office Online is not the same as Office 365. There are differences in the apps, although the core remains the same. One thing different is that Office Online doesn’t use the ribbon in some apps. But the basics—Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote—are all there. Outlook is available only through

This is the second major update to the Office Online Server with improvements across the board, such as:

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