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Published: October 16, 2012
Summary: Introduces the Office on Demand technology and how it is used with Office 2013.
Applies to: Office 2013 | Office 365 ProPlus
Audience: IT Professionals
Office on Demand uses Click-to-Run streaming technology to deliver Office 2013 on demand to a Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer that connects to the Office 365 service. A user can access Office on Demand through SkyDrive Pro in Office 365 and also at Office Customer Preview FAQ in the “Using the Preview” section. An Office 2013 application, such as Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, is streamed to the computer and can be used before the application is completely downloaded. A user can start to use an Office on Demand application within 30 seconds of the initial streaming of the application.
Downloading Office on Demand is an excellent way to train users on the new Office user interface and features without requiring that you fully deploy Office 2013. You do not have to grant administrative credentials to users, because users do not have to be local administrators on their computers to be able to use Office on Demand.
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Office on Demand is available for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher,Project, and Visio.
Because Office on Demand does not require administrative credentials on the computer, it can be used on any Internet-connected Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer. This includes computers that are used temporarily. Office 365 ProPlus subscription users are not limited by the number of computers on which they can access Office on Demand. All application processes run from the user's profile. By default, files are opened from and saved to a SkyDrive Pro location that is associated with the user account.
When Office on Demand is delivered, it always contains the latest builds of Office 365 ProPlus programs. They are always delivered through Office 365 public cloud services. Therefore, unlike Click-to-Run on-premises delivery, Office on Demand cannot be delivered to an on-premises infrastructure.
The Office on Demand application data is stored in the %userprofile% root folder. After Office on Demand runs for the first time and Office is fully cached in the %userprofile% root folder, successive starts of Office on Demand applications are almost instantaneous because the applications are executing from the local cache. When the Office builds are updated on the Office content delivery network (CDN), starting Office on Demand streams the Office applications again with the updated build.
Users access Office on Demand applications through an active SkyDrive Pro account in Office 365. When a user opens, updates, and closes a document, it is saved back to the online location from which the document was opened. Office on Demand disables the long-term local cache to make sure that when the application is closed and the user is signed out, the user’s files are stored back to the online location from which they were opened.
Figure: SkyDrive Pro documents folder
Before Office on Demand can run for the first time, you must install the Microsoft Office (Roaming) add-on as follows.
Figure: Manage Add-ons dialog box
The act of choosing a document starts the Office Web App that is associated with the file. In many cases, the Office Web App provides both view and edit functionality for the file. If you want to use functionality that is not available in the Office Web App, you can choose to edit the document in an already existing Office installation or by starting the full Office application in the Office Web App viewer.
For example, to start the full Word application from the Office Web App viewer:
Similarly, you can start the full versions of other Office applications such as PowerPoint and Excel.
Figure: Using the Word Web App viewer to choose how to edit a Word document
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