Microsoft reveals Office 2019 will only run on Windows 10 PCs

Microsoft reveals Office 2019 will only run on Windows 10 PCs

When the next version of Microsoft Office launches later this year it will only be supported on Windows 10.

Windows 10 has become the most used Microsoft operating system (OS) globally, overtaking Windows 7, according to StatCounter. This is different from how they treated Office 2016 and other past versions of Office where they were given 5 years of standard support and 5 years of extended support. 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.

Tying Office 2019 to Windows 10 appears to be the latest in a series of moves by Microsoft created to push firms to upgrade from Windows 7 and 8.1, such as scaling back support for older versions of Windows on newer processors and casting doubt on the security of Windows 7. Microsoft has announced that Windows Defender will start removing software that has "coercive messages" or "misleading content to pressure you into paying for additional services or performing superfluous actions".

To date, Windows 7 seems more common than Windows 10 in business.

All these offerings are more or less on a par with Microsoft Office and will work across everything from Linux and Mac and even Chrome OS via the web. Organizations that want support for the new version of Office on Windows 7 or 8.1 must buy a subscription to Office 365.

Office 2019 The news is slightly more alarming with regard to future Office support, including Office 365 ProPlus and the coming perpetual-license Office 2019 product. 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. Last April, Microsoft announced that all perpetual-license Office products would no longer have connections to Office 365 services, starting on October 13, 2020.

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. This year's releases of Office server software like Microsoft Exchange and Sharepoint will also share the same support timeline as Office 2019 apps. If this trend keeps on going, then we might be looking at Win 10 taking a major desktop market share since Win 7 support has been dropped by Microsoft.

Microsoft has noticed an increase in the number of free cleaner or optimizer programs using coercive language to drive people to pay for "premium" versions of their software, Terry Myerson, executive vice president for the Windows and Devices Group, said in a blog post Tuesday.