Office Online Server November 2017 Release

The Office Online team is pleased to release our latest update to Office Online Server (OOS). OOS empowers organizations to view, edit, and create documents in the browser with Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote from their own datacenter. Please verify that you have the latest version of the OOS release to ensure the best experience.


The November 2017 update of OOS includes the following improvements:


  • Improved booting performance in PowerPoint Online editing scenarios
  • Enhanced transitions in PowerPoint Online
  • Improved Find functionality in Excel Online
  • Document format conversion from xls to xlsx supported in Excel Online
  • Emoji support in Word Online
  • Increased table capabilities in Word Online
  • Insert image from host in Word Online
  • Doubled the time limit for audio recordings in OneNote Online
  • Accessibility & usability improvements across all applications
  • Many more improvements + bug fixes across all applications


How do I get OOS/download the update?


We encourage OOS customers to download the November 2017 release, as only the latest version will be supported with bug fixes and security patches available from the Microsoft Updates Download Center. You must uninstall the previous version of OOS to install this release.


With the exception of those who have access through the Open Program, Volume Licensing customers with a Volume Licensing account can download at no cost and will have view-only functionality which includes PowerPoint sharing in Skype for Business. Customers that require document creation, edit and save functionality in OOS need to have an on-premises Office Suite license with Software Assurance or an Office 365 ProPlus subscription. To download the latest update of OOS, please proceed to the Volume License Servicing Center. 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 more information on licensing requirements, please refer to our product terms.


For customers whose licenses qualify for OOS, but cannot obtain OOS through the Volume Licensing Services Center, the following actions are possible:


  • VL Open customers can contact their Support Center.
  • Direct customers can submit a request from their Office 365 admin center or contact support.

No point asking the Office 365 Admin Centre team as they just point you to the VL URL

@Graham Walsh that should have changed, they can provide you with access if you are a Direct customer without access to VLSC. 

Occasional Visitor

@Lorena Huang Liu Is it possible to convert excel documents to pdf using Office Online Server? If not, do you know when that feature will be available?

Hi @Tamir Sen, good question. While there is not an explicit "Convert" button, you can select the "Print to PDF" option in the print dialog. Hope this helps!

Occasional Visitor

@Lorena Huang Liu I was not able to find that option could you share a screenshot of what you're referring to? thanks!!

@Tamir Sen, please try the following. 


1. Select "Print" and this dialog box will pop out: 


2. Click "Print" on the next box as well


3. From the Printer options select "Microsoft Print to PDF"



Occasional Visitor

Emoji support in Word Online is available for on-premises? cause it's grayed out in the ribbon.


@Lorena Huang Liu opened another ticket and this  was the response. 

Unfortunately as current Office online server is not available apart from when utilizing volume licensing. I understand this is frustrating as it contradicts the blog posts however we do not have access to the download links you require. We expect this will be updated shortly however we not have an estimated time frame, we would recommend created a new ticket in the near future. Thank you again for raising a ticket with office 365 and we apologies for the inconvenience for the issue at hand. Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with and I will be back in contact as soon as I can.

Many thanks.

Thank you,
John Childs
Office 365 Support

Frequent Visitor

What is the availability for the December Patch that fixes the unhealthy issue identified in the November 2017 release?


I updated servers today. Doesn't look like an Office Online specific patch was applied. Health check still shows Unhealthy. 



Frequent Visitor

This should also be mentioned:

Office Online Server Showing “Unhealthy” Status after installing this release. A "partial" fix can be found if you follow the link within this post to Trevor Seward's site.