FSLogix brings improvements to Office running in virtual environments

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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 (opens in new tab):

  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:

  • 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.

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2 Comments
  • Hopefully this means O365 will eventually work in shared computing environments (RDS/Citrix) b/c it's been broken for years, despite MS repeatedly stating it's supported.
  • We have this running since last year in our environment which has meant Office 365 was finally a viable option for us using our Citrix XenApp non-persistent servers. Glad Microsoft decided to purchase this company, the product itself is simple to setup and works flawlessly for us.