Microsoft has announced the April 2017 update for the Office Online Server (OOS) platform. This is the second major release for the service and comes with significant changes. The company says the update includes support for Windows Server 2016 and added features alongside performance enhancements.

If you are unfamiliar with OOS, it is Microsoft’s online server-based version of the Office productivity suite. It gives enterprise customers a platform to use browser-based versions of popular Office apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. The service allows Office Online features to be used directly from an organization’s own datacenter.

The company says customers can download the April 17 release via the Volume Servicing Center. If you do not have previous OOS builds, you will have to download these versions first. Microsoft points out it only supports the newest version of the platform.

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With the April Update, Microsoft is officially introducing Windows Server 2016 to Office Online Server. The company says this is one of the most requested capabilities.

Customers who run Windows Server 2016 can now install OOS on the platform. Microsoft warns customers that they need the latest version of OOS to get the best results from Windows Server 2016 integration.

Other changes in the April update include several changes to Word Online and performance enhancements for PowerPoint Online.

Office Online Server April 2017 Update

Microsoft has detailed the full changelog for this release:

  • Performance improvements to co-authoring in PowerPoint Online.
  • Equation viewing in Word Online.
  • New navigation pane in Word Online.
  • Improved undo/redo in Word Online.
  • Enhanced W3C accessibility support for users who rely on assistive technologies.
  • Accessibility checkers for all applications to ensure that all Office documents can be read and authored by people with different abilities.
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