WSE Office 2012 R2

WSE Office 2012 R2 is a Windows Server Solutions add-in is a Windows Server Solutions add-in for use with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials, or Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard/Datacenter with the Windows Server Essentials Experience (WSEE) server role. It provides individual user-level access to the Microsoft Office applications from your server.

WSE Office 2012 R2 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 WSE Office 2012 R2, 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). Each user is provided with full access to their very own instance of the individual Microsoft Office applications; Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word (the “Plus” edition also supports Access, InfoPath, Lync, Project, Publisher, SharePoint Workspace/OneDrive for Business, and Visio).

Users can run the Microsoft Office applications in a variety of different ways:

• Locally from the server’s Launchpad application that is installed on their computer.

• Remotely from almost anywhere using the server’s built-in Remote Web Access website.

• Remotely from Mac, iOS, Android, and Windows PC/Mobile computers and devices.


Installation Notes

Before installing the WSE Office 2012 R2 add-in, you should install a licensed copy of Microsoft Office (2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, or 2003) directly on your server (it may also be installed on the server any time after the add-in has been installed). Both the 32-bit and the 64-bit versions are fully supported.

Once you have Microsoft Office installed, you can go ahead and install the WSE Office 2012 R2 add-in (just as you would any other Windows Server Solutions .WSSX add-in).

After the WSE Office 2012 R2 add-in has been successfully installed, open the server Dashboard application, click on the new “WSE Office” item in the navigation pane, and choose which users you want to allow access to WSE Office 2012 R2.

WSE Office 2012 R2 can be used completely free of charge for up to 21 days (some features are not available during the evaluation period). To continue using WSE Office 2012 R2 after that, you will need to purchase a license and register the add-in. Click the shopping cart link, located in the sidebar of this page, to purchase a license for WSE Office 2012 R2. Upon receipt of payment, you will be sent personalized registration information along with detailed instructions on how to register the add-in.

For complete information on installing and using WSE Office 2012 R2, please see the ReadMe.txt file included with the download.

Additional Information (advanced)

WSE Office 2012 R2 works with your server just as it comes straight out-of-the-box. It does not install any of the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) server roles on your server (e.g. Remote Desktop Session Host, etc.). Rather, it utilizes the underlying “Windows Server Solutions” (WSS) functionality of your server in order to work its magic. Your server remains in its default “Remote Administration” mode (as opposed to it being placed in “Application Server” mode as it would be when using RDS), and multiple concurrent remote connections to the server can be enabled using the add-in’s “multiple simultaneous connections” feature.

See Also

News – WHS / WSE RemoteApp

News – Connecting From Mac / iOS / Android / Windows PC/Mobile Computers and Devices

FAQ – Multiple Simultaneous Connections

Q&A – Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)


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WSE Office 2012 R2

Platform: Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials, or Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard/Datacenter with WSEE server role

Last Version: 1.255.1294.0
Released: July 18, 2017

IMPORTANT NOTE: This product has been superseded by WSE RemoteApp 2012 R2, and is no longer available.

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