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We require a local installation of the latest Office package for our conversion servers. This is a challenge in times of rental models and online services. Although Office 365 was initially only a licensing method, it now has its own versioning due to regular updates. In the past, we distinguished between fine-grained Office 365 versions and coarser versioned Office packages. The latter were not constantly updated – ideal for use on our conversion servers.
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There are certain licenses from Microsoft for this:
1. Office LTSC (Long Term Servicing Channel):
This packaging is the ideal equipment for our conversion servers.
2. KMS activation (Microsoft Key Management Service):
3. Office E3 – Unattended License:
4. Office 2019 and 2021:
Which license should our customer use on the server?
As far as we know, such a license can also be activated within a company volume license.
What comes after Office 2021 LTSC?
Further information can be found here. As soon as there is news from Microsoft, we will of course take a closer look again.
An alternative: Microsoft Office Online Converter
SEAL Systems’ online converter for Microsoft Office: OneDrive provides a service for converting Office files in the cloud. Conversion servers from SEAL Systems can use this service – even without a local installation of an Office package on the computer.