Office 2019 Won't Support Older Versions of Windows

Windows 10 Finally More Popular Than Windows 7 Worldwide StatCounter

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This means that Office 2019 will not be supported by users on Windows 8 or Windows 7. The firm announced some changes to Office and Windows servicing and support recently.

Microsoft unveiled its next version of Office suite, the Office 2019 a year ago during its "Ignite" conference in September. Interestingly, Windows 7 continues to be in the lead with 59.38 percent marketshare according to StatCounter, while Windows 10 stands at just 17.19 percent.

Microsoft will release Office 2019 in the second half of this year, and extended support for Windows 7 ends in January 2020.

In addition to this new requirement, Microsoft has also revealed that extended support for the perpetual version of Office 2019 will run for two years, down from five years previously. 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 officials said previous year that a Windows 10 Enterprise in S Mode variant would be coming, and there are hints that a Windows 10 IoT in S Mode could exist, too.

All these offerings are more or less on a par with Microsoft Office and will work across everything from Linux and Mac and even Chrome OS via the web.

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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.

However, Microsoft affirmed that Office will be given 5 years of mainstream support and approximately 2 years of extended support. It looks like Microsoft wants more people to get Windows 10 so as to be able to enjoy Office 2019 as well as get security updates on both Office and Windows.

Support for Office 2019 will also be shorter than usual. The next release of Windows 10 will be called "Spring Creators Update", while we're not sure if the name has been finalised.

Others viewed Microsoft's decision as a harbinger of an Office 365-only world. Statcounter focuses purely on Windows versions while others take into account all desktop operating systems including macOS and Linux.

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