Windows 10 Surpassed Windows 7 In Global Desktop OS Market Share

  • Windows 10 Surpassed Windows 7 In Global Desktop OS Market Share

Windows 10 Surpassed Windows 7 In Global Desktop OS Market Share

When the next version of Microsoft Office launches later this year it will only be supported on Windows 10.

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.

Another figure Microsoft cares about is how many Windows 10 users are running the latest version, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Microsoft has announced that Windows Defender will start removing software that has "coercive messages" or "misleading content to pressure you into paying for additional services or performing superfluous actions". Others have already moved to Windows 10, but plenty are still on Windows 7 or 8.1 - or even Windows XP in some cases.

A key group still holding on to Windows 7 are Microsoft's enterprise customers, which Microsoft hopes it can encourage to upgrade for Windows 10's superior security, which the company has argued on numerous occasions would have protected businesses from last year's WannaCry and NotPetya cyber-attacks. Well yesterday, Microsoft posted an article where they gave more information about Office 2019.

Office 2019 is expected to ship sometime in the second half of 2018, preceded by preview versions in the second quarter.

Others viewed Microsoft's decision as a harbinger of an Office 365-only world.

Under the new scheme, Windows 10 version 1607, also known as the Anniversary Update, will no longer be supported on October 9, six months after its original April 10 end-of-support date. In contrast, perpetual-license Office products, like Office 2019, don't get frequent updates.

In the same advisory, executives revealed that the upcoming Office 2019 client applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Skype for Business) require a supported Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel release, a 2018 Long-Term Servicing Channel release of Windows 10 Enterprise or the next Long-Term Servicing Channel release of Windows Server.

Now Microsoft is putting its foot down regarding Office 365 ProPlus support.

The Jan. 14, 2020 end-of-support date seems rather accelerated.

If Windows 7 and 8.1 users are forced to use Office on the web, then they may question why they've stuck with Office at all, and any alternatives out there are likely to spend the next few months emphasising to anyone who will listen that they are completely compatible and that transition and roll out would be a doddle.