What you need to know

  • Microsoft announced four new capabilities that improve Office in virtual environments.
  • FSLogix is now fully integrated with Office apps in virtual environments.
  • Microsoft acquired FSLogix in November 2018.

Microsoft announced four areas of improvement for running Office apps in virtualized environments (via MSPU). These improvements build off of Microsoft acquisition of FSLogix in November of 2018. The goal of FSLogix is to make using Office in a virtual environment feel like it's running on a dedicated machine. Microsoft breaks down the improvements in their blog post announcing the capabilities:

  1. FSLogix technology, which improves the performance of Office 365 ProPlus in multi-user virtual environments, is now available at no additional cost for Microsoft 365 customers.
  2. Windows Server 2019 will add support for OneDrive Files On-Demand in the coming months.
  3. Office 365 ProPlus, our flagship Office experience, will be supported on Windows Server 2019.
  4. And we've added new capabilities to Outlook, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams in Office 365 ProPlus to improve the user experience in a virtualized environment."

Microsoft has integrated FSLogix container technology with Office apps in virtual environments. This helps improve speed and reliability. FSLogix container technology is now included at no extra cost to users who license certain Microsoft services including:

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  • Microsoft 365 E3/E5/A3/A5/Student Use Benefits/F1/Business
  • Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5
  • Windows 10 Education A3/A5
  • Windows 10 VDA per user
  • Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Client Access License (CAL) and Subscriber Access License (SAL)

Microsoft also announced other enhancements to the virtualization experience, including improvements to Outlook OneDrive, Teams, and Windows Search.

Portable (and affordable) power accessories we love

Each and every one of these charging gadgets will keep your favorite gear and gadgets going for longer, and none of them costs more than $30.

VisionTek 8,000 mAh micro-USB power bank ($13 at Dell)

This compact dual-output powerbank can speedily recharge any and all your devices, thanks to a two-amp "fast charge feature," using its micro-USB out port. Its simple design includes an LED indicator, and it costs about as much as a single ticket to the movies.

Panasonic eneloop AA batteries (From $13 at Dell)

Panasonic's rechargeable batteries are among the best available, and just a couple of them will keep your favorite remote, mice or other peripherals powered up when you need them. They're also eco. And the company's affordable charger fits and charges both AA and AAA batteries at the same time.

Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad ($30 at Dell)

This unobtrusive Qi wireless charging pad looks good (and kind of like a UFO …) and easily charges all your Qi-compatible device up to 5W. Its LED indicator lights up when you're charging. And it costs just $30.

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