Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be Required for Office 2019, a surprising move considering that support is still available for both Windows 7 and Windows 8. In addition to this change, the company also revealed that the support window for Office 2019 will be shorter compared to previous versions.
In a recent post earlier this week, Microsoft revealed that the beta apps for Office 2019, the first perpetual version of Office, will be available during the second quarter of 2018 with a release scheduled for sometime in the second half of the year.
“Delivering a secure and productive modern workplace is a top priority for many of our commercial customers, and we’re committed to help. Last July, we took a big step forward in this journey with the introduction of Microsoft 365, a new product suite that brings together Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security.”
Support for the new version will also be shorter, with Microsoft only offering two additional years of extended support. “In the past, perpetual versions of Office were released under the Microsoft Fixed Lifecycle Policy, with a term of 5 years of standard support and 5 years of extended support.” If you are doing the math, that means that the suite’s last day of support will be October 10,2025, the very same day that will end the run of Office 2016.
“Modern software not only provides new features to help people do their best work, but also new, more efficient manageability solutions and more comprehensive approaches to security. Software that is more than a decade old, and hasn’t benefited from this innovation, is difficult to secure and inherently less productive. As the pace of change accelerates, it has become imperative to move our software to a more modern cadence. In the past, perpetual versions of Office were released under the Microsoft Fixed Lifecycle Policy, with a term of 5 years of standard support and 5 years of extended support. Office 2019 will ship under a separate term with a reduced extended support period.”
Microsoft said, “As the pace of change accelerates, it has become imperative to move our software to a more modern cadence.” Of course, this statement is somewhat contradictory considering in the same post they announced Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2018 will arrive in the fall with an extra five years of extended support.
One piece of good news is that at this time there is no change to the support windows for existing Office suites, including Office 2010, 2013, and 2016.
It’s no secret that Microsoft wants everyone to adopt Windows 10, and this latest move with Office further solidifies that position. While there will be some that are unhappy with this change, in many ways it makes sense. Consolidated versions means easier support and mor security, but forcing users before they are ready can often backfire as well.
What do you think about this move by Microsoft? Are you still using one of of the older versions of Windows? If so, tell me your thoughts about this change in the comments below.
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