Office 2019 will be Windows 10 only

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Last July, we took a big step forward in this journey with the introduction of Microsoft 365, a new product suite that brings together Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

Meanwhile, the Windows 10 Creators Update is touted as the best version of Windows 10 ever by Microsoft itself. With a 59.38 percent market share, Windows 7 succeeds in India while Windows 10 stands at a mere 17.19 percent share.

The plan is reportedly to make S Mode available for most versions of Windows 10 (with new Core+ and Workstation variants being the exceptions).

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.

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All these offerings are more or less on a par with Microsoft Office and will work across everything from Linux and Mac and even Chrome OS via the web.

However, Microsoft affirmed that Office will be given 5 years of mainstream support and approximately 2 years of extended support. Microsoft Store is slowly populating with more and more modern UWP apps, a no-show in Windows 7. According to a survey of enterprise IT admins a year ago, 68% of businesses are still running Windows 7, compared to 13% on Windows 10. The company also extended support for Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions 1607, 1703 and 1709 by another six months.

Windows 10 has finally overtaken Windows 7 in terms of worldwide market share, two and a half years since Microsoft released its current operating system. The next release of Windows 10 will be called "Spring Creators Update", while we're not sure if the name has been finalised.

Microsoft's announcement didn't explain why the extended support for the unreleased Office 2019 had been shortened. Last April, Microsoft announced that all perpetual-license Office products would no longer have connections to Office 365 services, starting on October 13, 2020. It doesn't handle high-resolution displays (or multiple-monitors) very well, there's no built-in support for things like fingerprint readers or Windows Hello facial recognition, and trying to use a touchscreen on something running Windows 7 could be considered a form of cruel and unusual punishment.