- Posted by Swinburne Charles
- On October 22, 2016
There are exciting opportunities for end users when using Office 365 (O365) in a Remote Desktop environment. The end users will definitely enjoy working on their favorite desktop Office apps from any device through a Remote Desktop or Terminal Services session offered from the cloud. Whereas for IT Support, setting O365 on Remote Desktop Services (RDS) will relieve them from the time-consuming and repetitive process of updating and configuring the traditional Office Suite. Office 365 works in a perfectly independent way, so your clients are guaranteed to always use the latest features and versions of their productivity software.
If you’re looking for options to streamline your offers, you should definitely rely on the benefits of combining O365 and RDS. But before jumping on board, here are a few things to consider so that you can make the most of this setup.
Focus Is On the User Licence, Not the Device Licence
There’s a difference between deploying Office 365 and deploying the Office Suite on a Remote Desktop environment. With the Office Suite, you’d assign a volume licence to the end-user device from where the Remote Desktop session is launched. In this configuration, the license covers any user logging on the device for the Office software. Yet with O365 licenses rather assigned to users, as long as the users’ subscription is featured with O365 ProPlus, they will be permitted to use Office apps in a Remote Desktop session.
Internet Connectivity: Matters More Than You Think
If you’re thinking of using O365 through Remote Desktop deployed in the cloud, it’s no surprise that Internet connectivity is critical for your project. With O356, this need is even further emphasized. As explained in Microsoft’s Office 365 ProPlus Guide, “the server hosting your environment must be able to contact the Office Licensing Service on the Internet to obtain a license for each user who uses Office 365 ProPlus and then activate Office 365 ProPlus. Internet connectivity is also needed to renew the license, which occurs every few days.” Because this specific connectivity requirement involves the infrastructure where your environment is deployed, you should be careful selecting the cloud service provider you partner with.