New Windows 10 Commercial SKU Roadmap Revealed

04 February, 2018, 01:44 | Author: Julian Harrison
  • Windows 10 Conquers Windows 7's PC Kingdom For The First Time, Beats Market Share

StatCounter claims that Windows 10 took a 42.78 per cent market share in January, marginally ahead of Windows 7 with 41.86 per cent. According to this Microsoft support article (via The Verge), Office 2019 will only run on PCs with Windows 10.

This new tack could backfire if such companies decide to dig their heels in, instead, and make the decision that they will now stick with Windows 7 and an older standalone version of Office.

Also mentioned was that Office 2019 will be arriving in the second half of this year.

Windows 10 may have only just become the most commonly used Microsoft OS, but the UK's adoption was quicker than the global market.

Tech giant Microsoft has announced its Office 2019 will only run on Windows 10. "Office 2019 will be a valuable upgrade for customers who feel that they need to keep some or all of their apps and servers on-premises", said Jared Spataro, general manager, Office, Microsoft.

Additionally, Microsoft said it will no longer support Office 365 ProPlus for organizations on Windows 8.1 or older, or Windows Server 2016 or older, starting in January 2020. In the dedicated post, Bernardo Caldas, General Manager for Windows, and Jared Spataro, General Manager for Office, Microsoft dropped a bad news on the compatibility of Office 2019.

Office 2019 will provide 5 years of mainstream support and approximately 2 years of extended support. Others have already moved to Windows 10, but plenty are still on Windows 7 or 8.1 - or even Windows XP in some cases.

The desktop Office suite will be supported for quite a while to come for the simple reason that despite the fact that Microsoft, Google et al, would like you to think that cloud alternatives are better, there'll always be a market for the apps.

Polaris is not the next iteration of Windows but is a brand new version of Windows 10 for desktop PCs.

Microsoft's announcement didn't explain why the extended support for the unreleased Office 2019 had been shortened. is reporting that Microsoft seems to be planning to allow Windows 10 Home users to move from S to Home for free.

Since there are no new builds this week, the latest Windows Insider release -build 17083- is the focus of this Bug Bash.



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