Office 2019 will be Windows 10 only

03 February, 2018, 03:32 | Author: Yolanda Murray
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Once Office 2019 rolls out, all users who haven't and refuse to upgrade to Windows 10 will need to gravitate to Office 365, stick with an older iteration of the company's office suite, or use the Office Web Apps. This extension will only apply to the Enterprise and Education versions of Windows 10.

It hasn't been the smoothest road, but after its launch in the winter of 2015, Windows 10 has finally surpassed the eight-year old Windows 7 as Microsoft's most popular operating system.

[Click on image for larger view.] Extended end-of-support dates for Windows 10 versions.

The desktop Office suite will be supported for quite a while to come for the simple reason that despite the fact that Microsoft, Google et al, would like you to think that cloud alternatives are better, there'll always be a market for the apps.

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Microsoft describes Office 2019 as the next "perpetual" version of the suite, meaning that it is standalone software that can be installed on-premise (rather than cloud-based) and is purchased with a one-off payment as opposed to an ongoing subscription.

This update covers Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8.1, and all versions of Windows 10, for client and server.

The vast majority of holdouts from Windows 10 are enterprise customers who have stuck with Windows 7 as there has been no compelling reason for them to upgrade.

Windows 10 LTSC Microsoft also announced that the next long-term servicing channel (LTSC) of Windows 10 will arrive "in the fall of 2018". The selection of office programs is called Office 2019 and includes new versions of its iconic software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint, Exchange, as well as Skype for Business.

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However, Office 2019's support will also differ from that offered for Office 2016, which receives five years of mainstream support, during which it gets feature and security updates, followed by five years of extended support, during which it gets security updates. That time the company did not provide much details about the new licensed version of Office 2019.

Under the new scheme, Windows 10 version 1607, also known as the Anniversary Update, will no longer be supported on October 9, six months after its original April 10 end-of-support date.

Office 2019 will get the usual period of standard support, but just two years of extended support. If an organization is running a semiannual channel release of Windows 10 that's no longer supported, then the Office 365 ProPlus installation won't be supported either.

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