The move is clearly created to push businesses that are holding off on Office 365 into subscriptions, as the standalone Office 2019 software will only be supported on Windows 10 and not Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 machines. As always, this is your chance to complete quests, explore the new features in Redstone 4, and also provide feedback to Microsoft to help shape the final release.
According to the data specialists at StatCounter, Windows 10 managed to hit 42.78 percent market share in January 2018.
But when the software lands, it will only run on Windows 10 or the next Long-Term Servicing version of Windows Server. 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.
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. Well yesterday, Microsoft posted an article where they gave more information about Office 2019.
Which is a bit inconsistent with news from the very same announcement that Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2018 will land "in the fall of 2018" and get five years of extended support. "Windows 10 was launched at the end of July 2015 and Microsoft will be pleased to have put its Windows 8 experience behind it".
Furthermore, a report has made its way on the internet suggesting Microsoft is working on new version of Win 10 codenamed "Polaris".
Microsoft also announced yesterday that it will support the latest three releases of Windows 10 - builds 1607, 1703 and 1709 - for an additional six months. The next release of Windows 10 will be called "Spring Creators Update", while we're not sure if the name has been finalised.
Windows 10 might have surpassed Windows 7 in terms of global market share, but Microsoft is giving holdouts another reason to upgrade. Last April, Microsoft announced that all perpetual-license Office products would no longer have connections to Office 365 services, starting on October 13, 2020. In comparison, Windows 10 had managed 32.84 percent by then.
Microsoft further noted that while mainstream support for Office 2019 would run for the usual five years, extended support would be curtailed to just two years - down from five years - meaning the suite will run out of support road in 2025. For users of the perpetual-license versions of Office, this restriction means their productivity suites will lack connections to Office 365 services like OneDrive, Outlook and Skype for Business applications on that date.