What's the changes coming to Microsoft Office 2019?



While Microsoft took a big step forward with the introduction of Microsoft 365, a new product suite that brings together Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security, Office 2019 will have one big setback when it goes into preview next quarter: only supported on Windows 10 systems.

And with barely two years before the end of extended support for Windows 7 and Office 2010 (January and October 2020, respectively), and new details on the next perpetual release of Office and Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release of Windows.

Microsoft have stated categorically that preview versions of the apps will be released during the second quarter, albeit it's still uncertain of new features that will be available in the new apps.

The restricted support for Windows 10 and its specifics on current supported version which is to be updated on a semi-annual basis with new feature updates — basically Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro, became imperative to move the software to a more modern cadence, according to the company.

It also stated that the new Office won't be shipped using the older MSI installer — the apps will use the Click-to-Run installer, employed in Office 365.

And businesses can essentially refuse upgrades — known as the Long Term Stable Channel (LTSC) — but, the LTSC versions of Windows won’t be eligible for the perpetual Office updates after Jan. 14, 2020.

Microsoft, however will provide five years of mainstream support and additional two years of extended support for Office 2019, ending on October 14, 2025.
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