Office 2019 Won't Support Older Versions of Windows

Office 2019 Won't Support Older Versions of Windows

Office 2019 Won't Support Older Versions of Windows

According to the company, 60-percent of users of the low-end PCs - Surface Laptop excluded - running Windows 10 S actually stay with the OS as installed.

The next major upgrade to its Office productivity suite, Office 2019, will be available to Windows 10 users only - leaving Mac users and users of Windows 7 out in the cold, or forcing users to upgrade to the cloud-based version, Office 365.

When Office 2019 ships in the second half of 2018, it is expected to add features such as improved inking; data analysis features such as new formulas and charts for Excel; and visual-animation features such as PowerPoint Morph and Zoom.

Tech giant Microsoft has announced its Office 2019 will only run on Windows 10. Office 2019 will only be supported on Windows 10, Windows 10 Enterprise edition LTSC and "the next LTSC release of Windows Server". Later this year, Microsoft will deliver new Remote Desktop and desktop virtualization capabilities within the SAC release cadence of Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows Server. Well yesterday, Microsoft posted an article where they gave more information about Office 2019. 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.

Windows 10 is the latest OS from Microsoft which the company pushed a lot for, even upgraded many users without their consent.

Microsoft says that reducing the time it supports software will allow it to release apps with new features and better security.

In November, Microsoft had extended the life of Windows 10 version 1511 by six months. The next release of Windows 10 will be called "Spring Creators Update", while we're not sure if the name has been finalised.

Furthermore, a report has made its way on the internet suggesting Microsoft is working on new version of Win 10 codenamed "Polaris". Last April, Microsoft announced that all perpetual-license Office products would no longer have connections to Office 365 services, starting on October 13, 2020. Nor will unsupported Windows 10 semi-annual releases. Combined with the other earlier versions of Windows, this means that Office 2019 won't be compatible with 59.98% of desktop users.

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