login vsi company logo login vsi company logo 250x40

 

Get the best possible VDI performance, density and availability with Login VSI
Our Solutions

  • Home
  • Blog
  • News
  • Installing Microsoft Office 2016? Here’s some tips!

Installing Microsoft Office 2016? Here’s some tips!

Recently the VDI Like a Pro team surveyed the State of the VDI/SBC union 2017. From the 600 respondents, we learned that many organizations are now migrating from Microsoft Office 2010 to version 2016, skipping the 2013 version altogether (if they haven’t implemented it already).

We can also safely conclude that LibreOffice and OpenOffice have not made it to the enterprise level, two years ago they managed to get almost 2% market share, but this year it dropped below 1% although they report to have some big customers.

Blog installing microsoft 2016

From the 41.83% that have already made the move to the latest version and through our own validation tests—available for free in all Login VSI 4.x downloads since July 2016—we know that this can sometimes be a painful process, wherein most Admins look at the compatibility of their ‘beloved’ macro’s and other add-ons, but often forget about the performance factor.

That’s why today I’d like to share three tips that make migrating to Office 2016 as easy as possible, while keeping the optimum end-user experience.

#1: Test, test, test; This should come as no surprise that we have testing at position one. There is no need to use your real users as crash tests dummies, sending them head first into the new environment, only to discover first hand if the migration was successful (or not). If you’d like to try our virtual users and simulate a test in your own environment, then click here.

#2: Know where to look; Our testing indicates that while upgrading from MS 2013 to 2016 increases the number of users that can work on the system without any problems by about 10%, the load on the storage also increases a bit. In our case, the impact of this is minimal as we run tests from local flash storage, but if you have it centralized that might affect performance.

#3: Instead of adding memory or CPU, consider adding a GPU; Not only will Microsoft Office benefit from a vGPU, but also other applications including web browsers will offload tasks from the CPU to the GPU when available. For example, as Andre Leibovici points out in this article.

#4: Number four (of three!) because its untested and rather unconventional; My colleague Jasper Geelen pointed out that it might be an idea to use the web editions, which might just do the trick for some of the less demanding users on your platform. As an added benefit this also makes sure that you are always running the latest version with minimal effort. While we have never performance tested this to date, it is a nice outside of the box thinking example.

If you are interested in learning more about the market or want to compare yourself to your peers in the industry? Download the full ‘State of the VDI/SBC union 2017’ report here.

 

About the author

Mark Plettenberg (@markplettenberg) is a product manager of Login VSI and has played a critical role in the development and growth of Login VSI. Ask Mark about motorcycle mechanics and breaking/repairing anything and everything that has a power plug.


Tags: News, Microsoft, #VDILIKEAPRO

Popular Blogs

Login VSI - Press Release - IGEL - Login VSI Partner to Optimize End User Computing Experience Image

[Press Release] IGEL Partners with Login VSI to Optimize the End User Computing Experience

Login PI enables organizations to better protect the performance and availability of their IGEL OS-powered virtual desktop environments Continue Reading
Login VSI - Blog - Login PI Blog Teaser Image - Windows Virtual Desktop: How To Monitor User Experience With Login PI

Windows Virtual Desktop – How to Monitor User Experience?

Microsoft has just announced the public preview of their new Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) offering at Microsoft Ignite on Tour in Amsterdam today. For those of you who’ve not followed the rumors or the private beta, here’s the outline... Continue Reading
Login VSI Blog - Teaser Image - A Practical Guide to VDI Change Management - Part 1

A Practical Guide to VDI Change Management

Part 1: IT Change Management in general The first in an 8-part series, this practical guide to VDI Change Management will guide you through the transformation of the IT department from a back-end function into a core competency for every modern organization. Continue Reading
Investigating Online Application Performance with Login PI

Investigating Online Application Performance with Login PI

As many companies do, we use a CRM system. Recently, I have been getting complaints about our cloud CRM system, Microsoft Dynamics, being slow. I tried to investigate this by shadowing one of our users to see what was wrong. Continue Reading
Login VSI Blog - How-To Update, Protect Against RIDL, Fallout MDS Vulnerability

How-To: Update, Protect Against RIDL, Fallout MDS Vulnerability

RIDL & Fallout MDS vulnerabilities, impact on VDI performance & actions to take. FAQs we’re receiving & updates on performance tests executed to patch flaws Intel calls “Microarchitectural Data Sampling (M.D.S.)” aka: Rogue In-Flight Data Load (RIDL), Fallout, ZombieLoad & Store-to-Leak Forwarding. Continue Reading
Login VSI -Blog Post - IGEL Partner with Login VSI

Login PI & IGEL: Delivering Deep Application Test & Availability Monitoring

Together Login VSI and IGEL deliver deep application test and availability monitoring for the digital workspace This week we announced a partnership with IGEL that enables Login PI integration in a radical new way. Continue Reading
Cookie Settings