Provide Office Support for Containers
Many Business Application are dependent on Office to edit files or import/export of ppt or word formats. So adding office support for Containers would be a good idea.
Dima Bardakov commented
As first step, it would be great to have the main/core features. For example, in my use cases 3rd party plugins are not involved, but macros often is.
MS Office has lot of automation capabilities and there are thousands of tools written as plug-ins to MS Office. To have these deployed on backend, as of today, requires a lot of VM management and deployment overheads. It should be a business driver for MS Office team to get all or "most" part of those capabilities, getting to work in a windows container. Its now years of waiting, first for windows containers and now waiting to get MS Office start to work on it. Hopefully, some sense will preval!!
Brad Reynolds commented
SMH. We shouldn't even need a container for this. It should be a server VM Option to have office installed.
Michael Wolfe commented
This would be especially useful in a development environment when testing compatibility with multiple Office versions.
I got close to get Office in a working state inside a container. However, I had to use all sorts of hacks and I git a wall making Excel functional due to the lack of a working Spooler. See the following thread for details https://forums.docker.com/t/appcrash-kernelbase-dll-error-when-i-try-to-use-microsoft-office-in-docker-container