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Office 2019 will be Windows 10 only

Office 2019 will be Windows 10 only

This is good news for those who are looking forward to seeing and using the new features of the productivity suite, but here's something you might want to take note of.

Here is the odd part about this change; Microsoft says that there will be AV/Security apps in S mode. Microsoft officials had not said publicly that such a variant existed, but Neowin's Rich Woods saw it mentioned as part of the Windows 10 Redstone 4 Bug Bash Quests.

Microsoft also changed its support model for Office 2019, offering five years of mainstream support and just two years of extended support, instead of the usual five. In raw numbers, Windows 10 has been installed on over 500 million devices as of last May, which is impressive, though still short of the one billion goal Microsoft's head of Windows and devices Terry Myerson predicted at Build 2015. As Redmond's explained, "In the past, perpetual versions of Office were released under the Microsoft Fixed Lifecycle Policy, with a term of 5 years of standard support and 5 years of extended support". However, unlike the Fall Creators Update, the Windows 10 Redstone 4 is not for creators.

Office 2019 will run only on actively supported versions of Windows 10 with Semi-Annual Channel licenses and Windows 10 Enterprise with the Long-Term Servicing Channel 2018 license (formerly called Long-Term Servicing Branch), which comes out in October. This year's releases of Office server software like Microsoft Exchange and Sharepoint will also share the same support timeline as Office 2019 apps.

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.

Meanwhile, the Windows 10 Creators Update is touted as the best version of Windows 10 ever by Microsoft itself.

But with the vast majority of those customers also using Office, they're faced with a stark choice - upgrade the operating system, or change their office suite.

The support for Windows 10 (versions 1511, 1607, 1703, and 1709) for enterprise and education customers running certain versions of the operating system was extended for another six months to help them move to the latest supported versions of the operating system.

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