Just a quick note to let everyone know that I have finished writing a new version of my WHS Office add-in for use with Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials. It’s a complete rewrite, from the ground up, of the WHS Office for WHS V1/2003 add-in that provides individual user-level access to each of the Microsoft Office applications (Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word) from your Windows Server Solutions server.
WHS Office 2011 can run a server-installed copy of each of the Microsoft Office applications from any computer just as if they were running directly on the local computer. Each application runs in its own fully resizable window with its own entry in the taskbar. Its popup windows are redirected to the local desktop, its notification area icons (if any) appear in the local computer’s notification area, and the local computer’s drives and printers can be redirected to it; making a completely seamless “Office” experience for your end-users.
With WHS Office 2011, a single server-side installation of Microsoft Office can be accessed by up to 10 users of your network (up to 25 in the “Plus” edition when used with WSBS2011e or WSS2008R2e). Using the remote application capabilities of your server, WHS Office 2011 provides your users with full access to their very own instance of the individual Microsoft Office applications just as if they were running on their local computer. They’ll enjoy access to Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word (the “Plus” edition also supports Access, InfoPath, Lync, Project, Publisher, Groove/SharePoint Workspace/SkyDrive Pro, and Visio) from any Windows-based computer on your network, or from almost anywhere using your server’s built-in Remote Web Access website.
There’s a fully functional 21 day evaluation period available, so go and try it out for yourself. I’m more than sure that you will enjoy it as much as I do. And, as always, I welcome your comments and feedback.