No Office 2019 Without Windows 10

Posted February 04, 2018

Now, Microsoft is changing up how it's handling Windows 10 S. It'll no longer be offered as a specific SKU by Microsoft, Thurrott reports, but instead Microsoft will have "S mode" iterations of each of its Windows 10 versions.

Office 2019 will ship in the second half of this year and you will be able to get previews of it in the second quarter.

According to Statcounter, Windows 10 ran on 42.78 per cent of Windows computers in January 2018 - versus 41.86 per cent for Windows 7. Each LTSC release has five years of "mainstream support" followed by five years of "extended support", which Microsoft now calls its "Fixed Lifecycle Policy". Office 2019 client apps will be released with Click-to-Run installation technology only, but Microsoft will not be offering MSI deployment for Office 2019 clients, only doing so for Office Server products.

Windows 10 might finally be the most popular version of Windows out there.

We know that Microsoft has been making a huge push for users and companies to make the switch to Windows 10, but it is understandable that following the confusion that arose in Windows 8 that there might be some who are hesitant to upgrade.

Microsoft also announced yesterday that it will support the latest three releases of Windows 10 - builds 1607, 1703 and 1709 - for an additional six months. The list of devices includes desktops, tablets, Xbox One consoles, HoloLens headsets, and Surface Hub devices, in addition to some dated, Windows 10 Mobile-based smartphones.

Support for Office 2019 will also be shorter than usual. Like previous versions of Office, it will come with five years of standard support, but the extended support is being dropped from five extra years to just two. Last April, Microsoft announced that all perpetual-license Office products would no longer have connections to Office 365 services, starting on October 13, 2020. Windows has gone farther than versions older than Windows 10 could catch up. 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.