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Microsoft to tie a Office support screws

In further to creation changes around Windows 10 servicing, Microsoft also is announcing plans to tweak a support devise for Office.

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As of Jan 14, 2020 — a date when Microsoft is slated to stop providing support (via patches/security updates) for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 — Microsoft will no longer support Office 365 ProPlus on Windows 7. That creates sense. The association already is not providing updates for ProPlus using on any Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel versions that are no longer in support, that also seems understandable.

However, Microsoft will no longer support Office 365 ProPlus on Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2016 and comparison and any Windows 10 Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC), as of Jan 14, 2020. This is notwithstanding a fact that Windows 8.1 will continue to be upheld and patched by Microsoft until Jan 10, 2023. Windows Server 2016 is still in support until Jan 11, 2027.

Office 365 ProPlus, that is accessible around subscription chartering only, comes with Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, Publisher, Skype for Business, OneDrive for Business, and a Office mobile apps.

Microsoft’s evidence is that these entrance restrictions will “ensure that both Office and Windows accept regular, concurrent updates to yield a many secure sourroundings with a latest capabilities.”

For those use Remote Desktop and VDI/desktop virtualization to make Office available, Microsoft is formulation to broach updated virtualization capabilities in a Semi-Annual Channel releases of Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows Server — that means this tumble with 1809, I’d assume.

What about Office 2019, a subsequent non-subscription/perpetual chronicle of Office?

At Ignite, Microsoft announced Office 2019 would be accessible in calendar 2018, with a preview entrance by mid-year. Today, Microsoft reiterated that plan, strictly saying Office 2019 will boat in a second half of calendar 2018, with previews of a new patron apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Skype for Business) and servers (Exchange, SharePoint, Skype for Business) entrance in a second entertain of this year.

Today, Feb 1, we schooled that Microsoft is usually going to support Office 2019 on Windows 10 — not on Windows 7 or 8.1. The Office 2019 apps will be upheld on any Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel recover that’s in active support; Windows 10 Enterprise Long Term Servicing Channel 2018 (which will be out around Oct this year) and a subsequent LTSC recover of Windows Server.

The Office 2019 patron apps also will be expelled as Click-to-Run only. Microsoft won’t be providing a MSI choice for Office 2019 clients, though will continue to do so for Office Server products.

Microsoft also is slicing behind on how prolonged it will support a subsequent incessant chronicle of Office. Instead of providing 5 years of mainstream and 5 years of extended support for Office 2019, Microsoft is going to yield 5 years of mainstream support and approximately dual years of extended support so as to align with a extended-support finish date for Office 2016 (which is Oct 14, 2025).

Microsoft officials have not pronounced if there will be another incessant chronicle of Office after 2019; they continue to contend they’ll guard patron feedback before deciding.

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