Microsoft officially announced that Office 2019 will only work on computers running Windows 10.
Users must install Windows 10 if they want to use the latest version of Office without the need to subscribe to the company’s Office 365 service. This move is obviously designed to exert pressure on business users subscribed to Office 365, as the Office 2019 software will support Windows 10 rather than Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. This does not apply to the Office for Mac that represents a separate product with another date of market entry.
Microsoft said Office 2019 would have a “main” support for five years, and extended for a maximum of two years.
Office 2019 arrives in the second half of this year, and will include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook with server versions of Exchange, SharePoint and Business Skype. Microsoft plans to offer the preview version of Office 2019 this year, and the software is primarily intended for organizations that do not use Office 365 versions.
Microsoft extends support for Windows 10 for business and educational users that use certain types of operating system. Windows 10 versions, of which 1511, 1607, 1703, and 1709 will support additional six months to allow users to switch to the latest supported versions of Windows 10.