Microsoft Office 2019 will force IT to migrate to Windows 10

Windows 10 edges past Windows 7 worldwide for the first time.                Image StatCounter

Windows 10 edges past Windows 7 worldwide for the first time. Image StatCounter

According to the company, 60-percent of users of the low-end PCs - Surface Laptop excluded - running Windows 10 S actually stay with the OS as installed.

Now, Microsoft is changing up how it's handling Windows 10 S. It'll no longer be offered as a specific SKU by Microsoft, Thurrott reports, but instead Microsoft will have "S mode" iterations of each of its Windows 10 versions.

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.

When Office 2019 ships in the second half of 2018, it is expected to add features such as improved inking; data analysis features such as new formulas and charts for Excel; and visual-animation features such as PowerPoint Morph and Zoom. Microsoft also says that Office 2019 client apps will be released with the "Click to Run" installation technology only and not the MSI deployment methodology which is through Windows Installer Packages. If this trend keeps on going, then we might be looking at Win 10 taking a major desktop market share since Win 7 support has been dropped by Microsoft.

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Microsoft said this is because "As the pace of change accelerates, it has become imperative to move our software to a more modern cadence".

Microsoft has made no attempt to hide the fact that it wants Windows users to make the switch to Windows 10. This is because all new machines that are being sold now come with Windows 10 preinstalled. Also judging by the end of extended support of Office 2019, we should expect it being released around October, but we have to wait and see. This release of Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC will be released under our fixed lifecycle policy with a term of 5 years of mainstream support and 5 years of extended support.

Others viewed Microsoft's decision as a harbinger of an Office 365-only world. Windows has gone farther than versions older than Windows 10 could catch up. 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.

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