Garage Series: Your questions answered. Shared computer activation in Office 365 ProPlus

Do you use shared computers, Remote Desktop Services or solutions like Citrix XenApp with Office? On September 1st shared computer activation was enabled for all Office 365 ProPlus users. On this show Jeremy Chapman invites Amesh Mansukhani to answer the most common questions we’ve been hearing about shared computer activation and demonstrate everything along the way.

In May we announced several updates to Office 365 ProPlus and gave a sneak peak at shared computer activation. Based on your feedback, we’ve added many capabilities and enhancements to Office 365 ProPlus installation and servicing for admins in the last few months, including:

I’d encourage you to check out all of the blogs and TechNet articles listed above for deeper explanations about all of these. On this week’s show, we collected all of the feedback and common questions we were hearing about the last item – shared computer activation – and sought to answer those questions with explanations and demonstrations.

  1. How do I use shared computer activation and what do I need to download or enable in Office 365?
  2. I’m a small business or bought Office 365 directly or via a 3rd party. Can I use shared computer activation if I don’t have Volume Licensing versions of Office?
  3. Can I use Office 365 ProPlus with shared computer activation in my standard image? What if some people don’t have Office 365 ProPlus rights on those PCs?
  4. Will shared computer activation work with Citrix XenApp, Azure RemoteApp or similar remoting solutions?
  5. Can I replace normal, user-based subscription activation completely with shared computer Activation? Are there any disadvantages?

If these questions sound familiar, you’ll want to watch the show to get answers and see how it all works. Of course there is a lot more in store for Office 365 ProPlus and we’ll keep you updated as more capabilities come to users, admins and developers. Speaking of developers, on our next show in two weeks we’ll catch up with Ryan Duguid from Nintex to hear how their transition went moving to the apps for Office model.

See you then!

Jeremy Chapman

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About the Garage Series hosts

By day, Jeremy Chapman works at Microsoft, responsible for optimizing the future of Office client and service delivery as the senior deployment lead. Jeremy’s background in application compatibility, building deployment automation tools and infrastructure reference architectures has been fundamental to the prioritization of new Office enterprise features such as the latest Click-to-Run install. By night, he is a car modding fanatic and serial linguist. Amesh Mansukhani has spent many years in the Office 365, Exchange, Server & Tools and Windows Mobile at Microsoft. In his current role, he is helping evolve the Office 365 and Click-to-Run installation, deployment and management capabilities.

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