Monday, 19 February, 2018

Windows 10 surpasses 7 globally to become Microsoft's biggest OS

Changes to Office and Windows servicing and support – Windows for IT Pros - Blogs TechNet - Microsoft Windows 10's antivirus will start removing PC 'optimizer' scareware next month
Guillermo Lane | 03 February, 2018, 03:29

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. That schedule seems a bit faster than what had been announced back in November. So while you'll still get periodic security patches until extended support for Windows 7 ends in 2020 (which isn't really that far away), you shouldn't expect any more new features or improvements to hit Win 7. Microsoft also says that Office 2019 client apps will be released with the "Click to Run" installation technology only and not the MSI deployment methodology which is through Windows Installer Packages.

Office for Mac is considered within Microsoft a different product and thus this restriction is not applied to products on Apple computers. Office Online Server is on-premises software used for hosting Office Web applications in an organization.

Doubtless there are many individual users out there who won't appreciate the prodding. Instead, it'll have an extended support phase that's reduced by three years. Long-Term Servicing Channel, formerly the Long-Term Servicing Branch, offers five years of mainstream support and five years of extended support. This is an exception to our Fixed Lifecycle Policy to align with the support period for Office 2016.

There is no change to the support term for existing versions of Office.

Microsoft's out-of-the-blue Office support restrictions and exceptions have been seen before.

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Others viewed Microsoft's decision as a harbinger of an Office 365-only world.

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

Now Microsoft is putting its foot down regarding Office 365 ProPlus support.

Windows 10 edges past Windows 7 worldwide for the first time. It doesn't handle high-resolution displays (or multiple-monitors) very well, there's no built-in support for things like fingerprint readers or Windows Hello facial recognition, and trying to use a touchscreen on something running Windows 7 could be considered a form of cruel and unusual punishment.

If Windows 7 and 8.1 users are forced to use Office on the web, then they may question why they've stuck with Office at all, and any alternatives out there are likely to spend the next few months emphasising to anyone who will listen that they are completely compatible and that transition and roll out would be a doddle.

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