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Today, Microsoft announced a range of changes to its support policies for Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus. Alongside of that, the firm also offered some details on Office 2019, its next (and likely last) perpetually licensed version of Office.

Office 2019 was first announced at Ignite 2017 back in September. Details were scarce, and Microsoft really hasn't said anything about it since. All we really knew is that it will contain new features that Office 365 users already have.

One thing that Microsoft said is that the release will ship in the second half of 2018, which aligns with what was said at Ignite. Previews for the new productivity suite will be available in the second quarter of this year.

What's more interesting is that Office 2019 will only work on Windows 10. Remember, the end of extended support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 is in 2020 and 2023, respectively, so there still may be users on the older operating systems.

And to clarify, the apps will only be supported on supported Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel releases, Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2018, and the next LTSC release of Windows Server. This means that just like in the new policy for Office 365 ProPlus, Office 2019 will no longer be supported when your version of Windows is no longer being serviced.

The client apps will be offered with Click-to-Run installation technology only, meaning that you won't be able to get an installation package that includes the whole suite. It will be downloaded as you run the installer. There will still be an MSI for Office Server apps.

Those client apps are listed as including "Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, and Skype for Business", notably missing OneNote, Access, and Publisher. It wouldn't be surprising at all if there's no OneNote 2019 given Microsoft's emphasis on the UWP app. It seems likely that Access and Publisher will be in the more expensive SKUs, or you'll have to get Office 365 to use those.

Finally, Microsoft won't be providing its usual 10 years of support for Office 2019. It will get five years of mainstream support, followed by two years of extended support, which will end on October 14, 2025.

 

Neowin.net

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Karlston

Windows 10 only? Insert here the sound of countless users of older stable, mature and user-controllable Windows versions going "meh!" and continuing to happily and productively use Office 2016 (and earlier).

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Archanus
17 hours ago, Karlston said:

Windows 10 only? Insert here the sound of countless users of older stable, mature and user-controllable Windows versions going "meh!" and continuing to happily and productively use Office 2016 (and earlier).

 

Again and again ... It's very very dissapointed: "Windows 10 only", yes as they said ...

 

I don't know what happen with Microsoft, everytime is worse and worse...

 

I use Windows 8.1 Enteprise x64 with Office 2016 Professional Plus ...

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boulawan

Microsoft Office 2019 will only work on Windows 10!

Windows 10 support extended for enterprise and education

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Microsoft is providing an update on Office 2019 today, revealing that the apps will only run on Windows 10. In a support article for service and support of Windows and Office, Microsoft has revealed you’ll need to upgrade to Windows 10 if you want the latest version of Office without subscribing to the company’s Office 365 service.

It’s a move that’s clearly designed to push businesses that are holding off on Office 365 into subscriptions, as the standalone Office 2019 software will only be supported on Windows 10 and not Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 machines. This won’t affect Office for Mac, which is a separate product with a different release schedule. Microsoft is also altering the support lifecycle for Office 2019, so it will receive 5 years of mainstream support and then “approximately 2 years of extended support.”

Office 2019 (arriving in the second half of 2018) will include the usual Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook client apps, alongside server versions of Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business. Microsoft is planning to release preview copies of Office 2019 in the middle of 2018, and the software is primarily designed for organizations that aren’t using the cloud Office 365 versions.

Microsoft is also extending its Windows 10 support for enterprise and education customers running certain versions of the operating system. Windows 10 version 1511, 1607, 1703, and 1709 will all be supported for another six months to help enterprise and education users move to the latest supported versions of Windows 10.

 

https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/1/16960640/microsoft-office-2019-windows-10-support

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