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My name is Sandeep Patnaik, and I work in the Remote Desktop team. We are excited to announce support for Office 365 in Azure RemoteApp. Starting today, you will be able to publish Office 365 ProPlus applications as a RemoteApp to your end-users.

With this addition, we now have three Microsoft Images available to create Azure RemoteApp cloud collections. I’ll take this opportunity to answer one of the most frequently asked questions on the Azure RemoteApp forum: What’s in the Azure RemoteApp Microsoft Images?

Windows Server 2012 R2  (a.k.a. the vanilla image”)

  • This image is based on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter operating system and has the following roles and features installed to meet the requirements of Azure RemoteApp template images:
    • .NET Framework 4.5, 3.5.1, 3.5
    • Desktop Experience
    • Ink and Handwriting Services
    • Media Foundation
    • Remote Desktop Session Host
    • Windows PowerShell 4.0
    • Windows PowerShell ISE
    • WoW64 Support
  • This image also has the following applications installed:
    • Adobe Flash Player
    • Microsoft Silverlight
    • Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection
    • Microsoft Windows Media Player

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus (Office 365 Enterprise E3 or E4 subscription required)

  • Office 365 is the most requested application and therefore we have provided you with a pre-created “custom” image for you to work with.
  • This image is an extension of the vanilla image and has the following components of Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus installed in addition to the components described in the Windows Server 2012 R2 image:
    • Access
    • Excel
    • Lync
    • OneNote
    • OneDrive for Business
    • Outlook
    • PowerPoint
    • Project
    • Visio
    • Word
    • Microsoft Office Proofing Tools
  • Full functionality of Office 365 ProPlus apps is available only for users who have Office 365 Enterprise E3 or E4 subscriptions. Please contact your Microsoft account representative for more details on Office licensing.
  • You can’t use Microsoft accounts (for example, user@outlook.com) with a collection you create based on this template. Instead, you have to use Active Directory work accounts.

Microsoft Office 2013 ProPlus (trial only)

  • During the preview, we thought that it would be good idea to provide a pre-created “custom” image for you to test the service with.
  • This image is an extension of the vanilla image and has the following components of Microsoft Office 2013 ProPlus installed in addition to the components described in the Windows Server 2012 R2 image:
    • Access
    • Excel
    • Lync
    • OneNote
    • OneDrive for Business
    • Outlook
    • PowerPoint
    • Project
    • Visio
    • Word
    • Microsoft Office Proofing Tools
  • Our legal team wanted us to emphasize: This image does not include Microsoft Office license and hence cannot be used for production. Office 2013 ProPlus is for preview only and if you want to use Office apps in Azure RemoteApp for production, please use Office 365 ProPlus image. For more details on Office licensing, please contact your Microsoft account representative.

Our goal is to provide you the best experience. Let us know what you think of these key changes in the comments section below or in the Azure RemoteApp forum.

Thank you!

Note: Questions and comments are welcome. However, please DO NOT post a request for troubleshooting by using the comment tool at the end of this post. Instead, post a new thread in the Azure RemoteApp forum.