Microsoft has just pushed an update on Office 2019, revealing that the applications will only work on Windows 10 . In a Windows and Office support article , Microsoft revealed that you will need to upgrade to Windows 10 if you want to get the latest version of Office without subscribing to the company’s Office 365 service.
It’s a clear choice to push companies that do not have an Office 365 subscription account to migrate to the firm’s latest solution, because Office 2019 will only be supported on Windows 10 and later. not on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PCs. Microsoft is also modifying the support lifecycle for Office 2019, which will have 5 years of primary support and 2 years of extended support.
“ Modern software not only offers new features to help users do their jobs better, but also new, more efficient management solutions and more comprehensive security approaches. Old software that is more than ten years old and has not benefited from this innovation is difficult to secure and intrinsically less productive. As the pace of change accelerates, it has become imperative to move our software to a more modern pace , “says Microsoft.
Office 2019, originally announced at the Ignite conference last year, will arrive in the second half of 2018, and will include the usual Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook applications, as well as server versions of Exchange, SharePoint and Skype Business.
A preview scheduled for the 2nd quarter
Microsoft plans to release preview versions of Office 2019 in the middle of 2018 , so organizations that do not use cloud- based versions of Office 365 can test different desktop applications before final release. Microsoft also makes changes to the way Office can be installed because the software will be released with Click-to-Run files instead of traditional MSI files. These would become exclusive to Office Server products.
Microsoft is also extending its support for Windows 10 for business and school customers running certain versions of the operating system. Versions 1511, 1607, 1703, and 1709 of Windows 10 will be supported for an additional six months, to help professionals and educators use the latest versions of Windows 10 supported.
More information on the release date and upcoming changes in Office 2019 will be announced later in the year, probably at the start of the preview campaign