Microsoft Office 2019 will only support Windows 10

Feb 03, 2018, 07:55
Microsoft Office 2019 will only support Windows 10

The post states that Office 2019 will only be available to Windows 10, or the next long-term servicing version of Windows Server. The report suggests that Windows 10 represents 42.78% of Desktop using the new OS with Windows 7 following closely with a 41.86% of Desktop market share. Nearly two years later Microsoft only managed to bring Windows 10 to 600 million active devices. Although not as quick as predicted last year, Windows 10's worldwide market share has surpassed that of the 8-year-old Windows 7 for the first time, according to StatCounter's data released for January 2017 and January 2018. Considering it lost all support years ago, that's a worrying idea, as those systems are not protected against any modern threats at all and haven't been for some time. To ensure that customers get the most secure and efficiently managed experience from ProPlus and Windows 10 together, we are providing updates on the Windows system requirements for Office 365 ProPlus. That's no real surprise though as it wasn't popular when it was current, let alone more than a decade after it debuted.

"This is a breakthrough for Microsoft", he said.

Nonetheless, the latest figure is a milestone for Windows 10 which is said to be the last version of Windows even as the company will continue to upgrade it with new features. However, Windows 7 users will keep getting security updates till 2020.

As for the older versions, Windows 8.1 stands at 8.72 percent, followed by Windows XP at 3.36 percent, Windows 8 at 2.44 percent, and Windows Vista at a meager 0.74 percent.

In the future, the gap would grow as Windows 7 is slowly becoming obsolete especially since Microsoft pulled mainstream support for the OS. The company also extended support for Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions 1607, 1703 and 1709 by another six months. Twice a year, users can expect a major feature update apart from monthly or emergency security patches like the ones that were recently issued to address the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities. If an organization is running a semiannual channel release of Windows 10 that's no longer supported, then the Office 365 ProPlus installation won't be supported either. Visit the Windows 10 Tech Community.

This type of software is commonly known as scareware, and is typically found in cleaner apps that will supposedly optimize your registry on a Windows PC or promise to otherwise speed a machine up.

Now I understand that some folks may not have the option to upgrade due to draconian office policies or potential software incompatibilities, but that shouldn't account for half a billion people still using Windows 7.

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