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Microsoft Office 2019 will run only on Windows 10

04 February 2018

But with online offerings like those from Google, and Box and open-source alternatives like LibreOffice, which has just released its latest version, Microsoft could be about to learn another lesson in the "you're not the only game in town, lads" department. 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.

Microsoft has accidentally leaked the name of its next Windows 10 release codenamed "Redstone 4" in the latest Insider Bug Bash announcement post. 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.

It hasn't been the smoothest road, but after its launch in the winter of 2015, Windows 10 has finally surpassed the eight-year old Windows 7 as Microsoft's most popular operating system. Plus there is also the issue of familiarity, habit, and comfort that might see some users choose to skip the upgrade. In keeping with the previous Long-Term Servicing Channel releases, this release will have the same features as the Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel release made available at the same time - with the usual exceptions (including apps that are often updated with additional functionality, including the in-box apps, Microsoft Edge, and Cortana). There will also be server enhancements that improve IT manageability, voice, usability, and security.

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"This is a breakthrough for Microsoft", he said.

Office 2019 will provide 5 years of mainstream support and approximately 2 years of extended support.

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. Instead, it'll have an extended support phase that's reduced by three years.

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At Microsoft, we're committed to helping our commercial customers deliver a secure and productive modern workplace - and that means helping them get current and stay current on Office and Windows.

There is no change to the support term for existing versions of Office. The Timeline feature in Windows 10 has a card based information that relies on activities and the cards have unique information.

It's clear that at the lower end of the hardware requirements, Microsoft is pushing Pro S as that can save OEMs up to $60 on a license and effectively push the fee on to the user as it costs $50 to upgrade from Pro S to Pro.

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Microsoft Office 2019 will run only on Windows 10