A year ago at Ignite, we announced Office 2019 - the next perpetual version of Office that includes apps (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, and Skype for Business) and servers (including Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business).
However before you get up in arms over this decision, this only applies to the standalone copy of Office 2019, as opposed to the version that will come with the Office 365 subscription.
The writing may have been on the wall when Windows Vista was released to the public, but it's only after many, many years we're starting to hear the stories of those who worked on the ill-fated operating system, providing insight into exactly what went wrong.
In contrast Office 2019 will receive five years of mainstream support followed by only two years of extended support - meaning support for both Office 2016 and Office 2019 will end on the same date, October 14th 2025. Microsoft is reportedly planning to allow Windows 10 Home users to disable the S Mode free of charge, but Windows 10 Pro customers with S Mode enabled on their device will be forced to pay $49 to get access to a full version of Windows 10 Pro. Nearly two years later Microsoft only managed to bring Windows 10 to 600 million active devices.
Windows 10 might finally be the most popular version of Windows out there. Windows 10 has been on a good rise during the a year ago, and Windows 7 has slowly been declining.
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Many customers - including MARS, Independence Blue Cross, and Accenture - have made significant progress in moving to Windows as a Service, but some have requested an extension to the standard 18 months of support for Windows 10 releases.
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's announcement didn't explain why the extended support for the unreleased Office 2019 had been shortened. This extension will only apply to the Enterprise and Education versions of Windows 10.
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