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    A paired down version of the Standard and Datacenter editions, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials gives you a renewed and improved interface, combined with the powerful information security and organization you’d expect from Windows Server. This edition is perfect for smaller businesses with up to 25 users who are looking for a straightforward pre-configured connection to cloud-based services.

    What's new?

    Improved client deployment options:

    • Use the Connector to connect to a server on Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials from a remote location.
    • Customers can always be connected to the server when they are off-site using the Connector to trigger automatic VPN dialing in domain-joined clients.
    • Configure the Connector to connect to other servers using Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials without the need to reinstall.
    • Improved Connector performance has been achieved by reducing its memory and CPU usage.

    Added functionalities for managing users and groups:

    • Management of user groups.
    • Office 365 distribution groups management.
    • Create user groups and add user accounts to them.

    Added functionalities in Server Storage:

    • Folder management on a second server within a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials network.

    Server folder quota

    • Create shared folders on a secondary server while keeping the same Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path prefix.
    • Set a space quota for a server folder and receive an alert when it grows beyond its defined quota.

    Improved data protection

    • File History backups are configured per user instead of per device.
    • If your computer becomes unavailable, use File History backups to automatically restore your data.

    Health Reports integration:

    • Health Reports no longer needs to be installed as an add-in.
    • Find the Alerts and Reports tabs in the Home page. Customize the system health reports to show the items that are relevant to your business.

    BranchCache integration:

    • If the server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials is located remotely, turn on BranchCache for improved data access.
    • Offers a flexible and easy to use server solution for SMEs with up to 25 users and 50 devices. Includes integrated health reports. Depending on your firms' requirements, you can customize the reports to display the items you want to monitor: no need to install an add-in for stories.
    • You can integrate your server with Office 365 and manage your mobile devices through Exchange Active Sync functionalities. You can set up password policies from a mobile device.Use the client to restore service using Set Up Client Restore Service task. This feature allows you to restore the full system over the network instead of applying an image on a DVD.
    • You can easily create user groups and add user accounts to them and manage users through Office 365 distribution groups from the dashboard.
    • Folder management and folder quota are some of the features added in Windows Server 2012 R2 essential.
    • You can create shared folders on secondary servers while keeping the same UNC path prefix.
    • Set server folder quota and get notified when the folder size overgrows.
    • Supports Microsoft online service integration, including Azure AD, Office 365, On-Premise Exchange, and Windows I-tune.
    • Optimized Remote Web Access for touch devices enhanced with rich HTML 5.

    System Requirements

    These are minimum system requirements for installing Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials With Update

    • Processor - 1.4 GHz and above (x64 architecture required)
    • Memory - 512MB or more
    • Available Hard Disk Space - at least 32GB

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    You get the premium Office software with the Office 365 subscription plans: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access (Publisher and Access are only available on a PC). Office 365 can be enabled across various devices, including PCs, Macs, Android tablets, Android phones, iPad ®, and iPhone ®. Office 365 also comes with services such as 1 TB OneDrive room, 60 Skype minutes a month and support for Microsoft chat and phone. You get the new versions of the software with a subscription, and also receive updates as they happen. Learn more about Office 365.

    Office 2019 is a one-time purchase that includes classic PC or Mac applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and does not contain any of the features that come with an Office 365 subscription. One-time purchases do not have an upgrade option, which means you would need to buy it at full price if you intend to upgrade to the next major update.

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    No. Office applications are designed to better function on each system and platform. The Office applications and version numbers available to Mac users can vary from those available to PC users.

  • Can people with an earlier version of Office open documents I created using Office 365 or Office 2019?

    Office 365, Office 2019, Office 2016, Office 2013, Office 2010, Office 2007, Office for Mac 2011 and Office for Mac 2008 applications can open your documents without further intervention. Customers using earlier Office versions would need to download and install a compatibility pack.

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    Internet access is required for downloading and enabling all the new Office suites releases and all Office 365 subscription plans. Internet access is also required for Office 365 plans to control your subscription account, e.g. to install Office on other PCs or to change billing options. Internet access for documents stored on OneDrive is also required, unless you install OneDrive desktop app.To keep your Office edition up-to-date and benefit from automatic updates, you should also connect to the Internet regularly. When you do not connect to the Internet at least every 31 days, your applications will go into reduced functionality mode, which means you can access or print your documents, but you will not be able to update or build new documents. Simplify reactivating your Office software by reconnecting the Internet.

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