Office 2019 will be for Windows 10 users only

Office 2019 will be for Windows 10 users only

Office 2019 will be for Windows 10 users only

Microsoft revealed last fall that it will soon introduce a new version of its super popular office suite.

However before you get up in arms over this decision, this only applies to the standalone copy of Office 2019, as opposed to the version that will come with the Office 365 subscription. Microsoft is reportedly planning to allow Windows 10 Home users to disable the S Mode free of charge, but Windows 10 Pro customers with S Mode enabled on their device will be forced to pay $49 to get access to a full version of Windows 10 Pro.

Microsoft has made no attempt to hide the fact that it wants Windows users to make the switch to Windows 10. Plus there is also the issue of familiarity, habit, and comfort that might see some users choose to skip the upgrade.

But when the software lands, it will only run on Windows 10 or the next Long-Term Servicing version of Windows Server. It is expected that the gap between Windows 10 and Windows 7 will grow as Microsoft has pulled mainstream for the OS, Gadgets360 reports. Microsoft will keep developing the tools until they're passing the company's quality checks after which they will release the final version of Office 2019. There will also be server enhancements that improve IT manageability, voice, usability, and security. In other words, pushy software that displays pressuring messages will soon be classified as unwanted, and Microsoft's Windows Defender Antivirus will remove them.

For Microsoft, it's a support nightmare.

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Microsoft's LTSC releases seem to be following a somewhat unpredictable pattern.

On average, a release took about three years from inception to completion but only about six to nine months of that time was spent developing "new" code. Well yesterday, Microsoft posted an article where they gave more information about Office 2019.

There is no change to the support term for existing versions of Office. Such support is dependent on keeping Windows 10 up to date. For instance, Windows 8.1 will fall out of support on January 10, 2023, according to a Microsoft support page, so users of Windows 8.1 and Office 365 ProPlus will have about three years less support under Microsoft's revised policy than might have been anticipated.

Looking for support? Visit the Windows 10 IT pro forums.

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