Office 2019 will be for Windows 10 users only

Windows 10 surpasses Windows 7 in market share says one statistic

Office 2019 will not be supported on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, despite those operating systems being expected to remain in use until 2020 and 2023 respectively. The firm announced some changes to Office and Windows servicing and support recently.

When Office 2019 comes out later this year, Microsoft will support it only on Windows 10, the company said this week.

Office 2019 will ship in H2 of 2018. With a 59.38 percent market share, Windows 7 succeeds in India while Windows 10 stands at a mere 17.19 percent share.

The fact that Windows 7 still runs on that many PCs shows many people didn't fell for Microsoft's free upgrade gimmick to put Windows 10 everywhere they could.

When the next version of Microsoft Office launches later this year it will only be supported on Windows 10. Each LTSC release has five years of "mainstream support" followed by five years of "extended support", which Microsoft now calls its "Fixed Lifecycle Policy". In the dedicated post, Bernardo Caldas, General Manager for Windows, and Jared Spataro, General Manager for Office, Microsoft dropped a bad news on the compatibility of Office 2019.

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Microsoft said this is because "As the pace of change accelerates, it has become imperative to move our software to a more modern cadence".

Microsoft argues that cutting off support for older operating systems will help coordinate updates between Office and Windows. This is because all new machines that are being sold now come with Windows 10 preinstalled.

Microsoft's announcement didn't explain why the extended support for the unreleased Office 2019 had been shortened.

Many customers - including MARS, Independence Blue Cross, and Accenture - have made significant progress in moving to Windows as a Service, but some have requested an extension to the standard 18 months of support for Windows 10 releases. And with Microsoft's current mission statement being "to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more" and Office 2019 representing the company's latest stab at productivity enhancements, the message is that those on old versions of Windows are cutting themselves off from the future.

Although it was fairly confusing initially, Microsoft also offered a clear path from Windows 10 S to regular Windows 10.

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