Microsoft have recently revealed that Office 2019, due later this year, will only run on Windows 10
Support for Office 2019 will also be shorter than usual. 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, but Office 2019 will get the usual period of standard support, but just two years of extended support.
This, along with the earlier announcement that Office 2016 will no longer be supported by Microsoft’s cloud-based services such as Exchange Online and Onedrive for Business after October 13th 2020 makes the subscription version of Office 365 much more attractive and may cause some issues to those who still use earlier versions of office by forcing everyone to upgrade to 2019 and it would make some reconsider purchasing Office 2016, if they have to take into account the cost of upgrading everyone to Office 2019 in a couple of years time.
Microsoft say “When customers connect to Office 365 with a legacy version of Office, they’re not enjoying all that the service has to offer – The IT security and reliability benefits and end user experiences in the apps is limited to the features shipped at a point in time.
When we release new on-premises apps and servers, we use that opportunity to update the system requirements. But there is not yet a common convention on when to update system requirements for a multitenanted cloud service that is always up to date. In absence of that, we are sharing these system requirement changes as early as possible and as part of a larger discussion of the Office 365 ProPlus roadmap for deployment and management capabilities.”
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