Microsoft reveals Office 2019 will only run on Windows 10 PCs

04 February, 2018, 01:46 | Author: Darren Santiago
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As for Windows 8.1, the report reveals that this operating system stands only 8.72% of Desktop Market share, a very low number in comparison to Windows 7 and 10 which makes sense since Windows 8.1 wasn't liked by a majority of PC users.

Barak Shein, from Microsoft's Windows Defender Security Research team, wrote in a blog post: "There has been an increase in free versions of programs that purport to scan computers for various errors, and then use alarming, coercive messages to scare customers into buying a premium version of the same program".

A year ago at Ignite, we announced Office 2019 - the next perpetual version of Office that includes apps (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, and Skype for Business) and servers (including Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business).

When Office 2019 ships in the second half of 2018, it is expected to add features such as improved inking; data analysis features such as new formulas and charts for Excel; and visual-animation features such as PowerPoint Morph and Zoom.

When it comes to SKUs offered to OEMs for installing Windows 10, they have six different options for Commerical/EDU customers. Microsoft officials said a year ago that a Windows 10 Enterprise in S Mode variant would be coming, and there are hints that a Windows 10 IoT in S Mode could exist, too.

And don't even get me started on Windows 7's pitiful stylus support. As the pace of change accelerates, it has become imperative to move our software to a more modern cadence.

Dona Sarkar has just announced that there won't be any new Windows 10 Insider build today (February 2nd) due to a rollback situation. Furthermore, Microsoft has revised the support lifecycle for Office 2019.

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

Windows 10 might have surpassed Windows 7 in terms of global market share, but Microsoft is giving holdouts another reason to upgrade.

Others viewed Microsoft's decision as a harbinger of an Office 365-only world. Combined with the other earlier versions of Windows, this means that Office 2019 won't be compatible with 59.98% of desktop users. Nor will unsupported Windows 10 semi-annual releases.

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