Office Online Server (OOS) launched by Microsoft

Office Online Server (OOS) launched by Microsoft

Software giant Microsoft has launched Office Online Server (OOS), with the objective of giving businesses the capability to host their own Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote apps.

Announcing the launch of OOS, Microsoft said that OOS is the successor to Office Web Apps Server 2013. The company also touted the fact that OOS has the ability to scale for an enterprise, irrespective of whether its workforce comprises 100,000 employees or 100 employees.

Revealing that one single OOS farm is capable of serving multiple SharePoint, Exchange, and Skype for Business instances, Microsoft said that OOS is designed to work with SharePoint Server 2016, Exchange Server 2016, and Skype for Business Server 2016.

In addition, OOS also boasts backwards compatibility with SharePoint Server 2013, Exchange Server 2013, and Lync Server 2013. Moreover, other products can also communicate with OOS through Microsoft's public APIs.

Meanwhile, about the reason behind the launch of OOS, Microsoft said that "many organizations still value running server products on-premises for a variety of reasons." These reasons, as per Microsoft, could chiefly pertain to privacy and security concerns.

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