Microsoft Office 2019 will only work on Windows 10
Microsoft is providing an update on Office 2019 today, revealing that it will only run on Windows 10. On the Microsoft web site there is a story for service and support of Windows and Office, Microsoft has revealed you’ll need to upgrade to Windows 10 if you want the latest version of Office without subscribing to the company’s Office 365 service.
Microsoft Office 2019 has been one of the strongest profit making packages that Microsoft does sell and since It’s a move that’s clearly designed to push businesses that are holding off on Office 365 into subscriptions to use it will have to upgrade all machines to Windows 10. This won’t affect Office for Mac, which is a separate product with a different release schedule. Microsoft is also altering the support life cycle for Office 2019, so it will receive 5 years of mainstream support and then “approximately 2 years of extended support.”
What will it be released ?
Microsoft is also extending its Windows 10 support for enterprise and education customers running certain versions of the operating system. Windows 10 version 1511, 1607, 1703, and 1709 will all be supported for another six months to help enterprise and education users move to the latest supported versions of Windows 10. The cost of the product is open but best guess is between 400 to 500 USD dollars.
Number of users ?
Microsoft also revealed there are now 60 million monthly active Office 365 commercial customers and that it has seen 50,000 small business customers added to Office 365 each month. It has also seen 340 million downloads of its Office Mobile apps, compared to 100 million downloads six months ago.