Microsoft has an released update on Office 2019, revealing that the apps will only run on Windows 10. In a support article for service and support of Windows and Office, Microsoft has revealed you’ll need to upgrade to Windows 10 if you want the latest version of Office without subscribing to the Office 365 service.
In what is clearly a push for businesses that are holding off on Office 365 into subscriptions, as the standalone Office 2019 software will only be supported on Windows 10 and not Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 machines. The the OSX / Mac community will be unaffected though, as Office for Mac is a separate product set with a different release schedule. In another big call, Microsoft is also altering the support lifecycle for Office 2019, so it will receive 5 years of mainstream support and then “approximately 2 years of extended support”.
Office 2019 which will be arriving in the second half of 2018, will include the usual Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook client apps. So if your business still buys Microsoft Office at Harvey Norman or JB Hifi, might be time to contact your VTO and talk about your options to make sure your buisness has the most up to date and compatible products!
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