Office Online Server

Summary: Contains articles that will help you work with Office Online Server (the next version of Office Web Apps Server).

Audience: IT Professionals

Office 2013 logoUse the articles in the following table to learn about Office Online Server and Office Online with SharePoint Server. Office Online Server is the next version of Office Web Apps Server. It is an on-premises server.

Article Description
Plan Office Online Server
Describes planning considerations for setting up your Office Online Server farm.
Deploy Office Online Server
Explains how to deploy Office Online Server in a test or production environment.
Configure Office Online Server for SharePoint Server 2016
Explains how to configure SharePoint Server to use Office Online Server for document editing.
Apply software updates to Office Online Server
Explains how to apply software updates to your Office Online Server farm.
Office Online Server release schedule
Explains the release schedule for new Office Online Server builds, support dates, and upgrade requirements.

Office Online Server can be downloaded from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). Office Online Server is a component of Office; therefore, it will be shown under each of the Office product pages including Office Standard 2016, Office Professional Plus 2016, and Office 2016 for Mac Standard.

For customers whose licenses qualfiy for OOS, but cannot obtain it through the VLSC, the following actions are possible:

  • VL Open customers can contact their Support Center.
  • Customers who purchased O365 online from Microsoft can submit a request from their Office 365 admin center or contact support.

Office Online Server version compatibility list

The following table shows the compatibility between Office Web Apps Server and Office Online Server with SharePoint Server, Exchange Server, and Skype for Business Server.

Product Office Web Apps Server Office Online Server
SharePoint Server 2013
SharePoint Server 2016
SharePoint Server 2019
Lync Server 2013
Skype for Business Server 2015
Exchange Server 2013
Exchange Server 2016

*Note that SharePoint Server 2013 cannot use the Excel Online external data connectivity and data refresh functionality in Office Online Server. That's only available with SharePoint Server 2016.