Microsoft Office 2019 will only work on Windows 10

Microsoft is providing an update on Office 2019 today, revealing that the apps will only run on Windows 10. In a support article for service and support of Windows and Office, Microsoft has revealed you’ll need to upgrade to Windows 10 if you want the latest version of Office without subscribing to the company’s Office 365 service.

It’s a move that’s clearly designed 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. This won’t affect Office for Mac, which is a separate product with a different release schedule. Microsoft is also altering the support lifecycle for Office 2019, so it will receive 5 years of mainstream support and then “approximately 2 years of extended support.”

Office 2019 (arriving in the second half of 2018) will include the usual Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook client apps, alongside server versions of Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business. Microsoft is planning to release preview copies of Office 2019 in the middle of 2018, and the software is primarily designed for organizations that aren’t using the cloud Office 365 versions.

Microsoft is also extending its Windows 10 support for enterprise and education customers running certain versions of the operating system. Windows 10 version 1511, 1607, 1703, and 1709 will all be supported for another six months to help enterprise and education users move to the latest supported versions of Windows 10.


This is actually a genius strategic move by Microsoft. Leverage your strengths.

I guess that depends on whether you consider backwards compatibility their strength or the fact that they own both Windows and Office.

They’ve been desperately trying to increase Win10 share and this lock-in move is the same direction.
Windows 7 is still supported until 2020, but no, they won’t let the new Office work with it.

Why do they need to? If you’re not willing to update to Windows 10, are you really going to miss anything from Office 2019?

What? What does Office 2019 functionality have to do with the version of Windows its running on?

Dependencies, mostly. For instance, .Net 4.7 isn’t included in Windows 7, but is on Windows 10. Any Windows Forms applications developed on .Net 4.7’s libraries will not work on Windows 7 natively.

There you go he said it, Win32

Here’s your answer:
dotNET Framework

Just because the OS is supported doesn’t mean every product or every feature has to support it.

Can’t wait until my company is forced to move off old and dusty Win 7 (which they have installed even for brand new laptops!!). If this prods them, I’m all in.

Mainstream support for Windows 7 has ended. Extended security support is up to 2020.

Windows 7 is supported, but not getting any new features. Its just security patches from here on. It makes sense that anything new coming out might rely on new features, dlls, whatever in a newer OS.

Also, could this mean it will be built as UWP apps?

They have been testing it.

Might be, but im not sure. They showed off UWP Outlook app a year ago, so they have definitely been working on it.

the Office versions are officially available in Windows Store now. Though linked to O365 subscription, it is the full desktop version and a lot more convenient to install via Store now vs using the old MSI method.

Since I only use Windows products in Android and Chrome OS when necessary, I guess this forces me to use Google docs exclusively. No big loss for me or I’m guessing the thousands of students who are already using Google docs in school. Five years ago this may have worked but now it may backfire. Or are we just talking about Windows.

pretty sure this is less about growing consumer share of Windows 10 and more about pushing more and more enterprise customers to leave Win 7 and upgrade to 10. Much easier from a support point of view.

that said, this will be controversial indeed…

I’d say its more about them not wanting to makes sure the new office is 100% tested backwards compatible to an older OS. They may be releasing it as an actual Universal Windows Platform app, a platform Windows 7 doesn’t have.

I’m betting that a lot of organizations that haven’t been sold on Office 365 or Windows 10 also haven’t been sold on the benefits of Office 2016… or maybe even 2013, so I’m not sure who this is going to affect.

Extended support for Office 2010 ends in October 2020, several months after extended support for Windows 7.

My bet is that laggards will wait until late 2019 to finish migrating out of Windows 7, and then will look at Office 365/Office 2019.

Standalone Office 2019 will basically be Office 2016 with all the features and updates it received in the last 2-3 years and a few features Office 2019 will have at launch alongside any new UI tweaks Office 2019 will have.

You just described the concept of software. You can literally change "Office 2019" with any other name and it fits perfectly (yes, literally).

My company is using Office 365 with Windows 7. Installing Windows 10 is such a massive undertaking. You literally have to take your company offline for the amount of time a new Windows install + setting everything up takes. It’s not worth the trouble most of the times.

Then your company has a very bad deployment method. We notify each user that they’ll be updated, push the upgrade files directly to our users’ systems and stage the update, all without the user even knowing it’s happening in the background. On next reboot (which we force after business hours every Friday), it performs the update. The user comes in, sees the new OS, logs on, good as rain.

We’ve had 98.72% success over the last 3 years on over 4,000 devices across about 120 sites in 8 countries. And we’re just a carpet / tile manufacturer, all without the users experiencing any downtime, with minimal user re-training on the OS, and no IT tech ever actually touching any of the machines (excepting the 1.28% failure rate, which usually require an on-site tech to fix the boot record). 54 machines have had to be remediated manually

Very impressive. How do you track your success rate with such precision?

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