Want Office 2019? Microsoft has a condition for you

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This is good news for those who are looking forward to seeing and using the new features of the productivity suite, but here's something you might want to take note of.

This update covers Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8.1, and all versions of Windows 10, for client and server.

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's reason for this change is keeping Windows 10 and ProPlus in synch for security reasons. Plus there is also the issue of familiarity, habit, and comfort that might see some users choose to skip the upgrade.

Windows 10 S is being axed in favor of a so-called "S Mode" for any Windows 10 version, as Microsoft revamps the streamlined version of its OS to better challenge Chrome OS. First and foremost is updates, because Microsoft has already shut down mainstream support of Windows 7. This is different from how they treated Office 2016 and other past versions of Office where they were given 5 years of standard support and 5 years of extended support.

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Microsoft argues that cutting off support for older operating systems will help coordinate updates between Office and Windows. Instead, it'll have an extended support phase that's reduced by three years.

The next LTSC release, Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2018, will be available in the fall of 2018.

There is no change to the support term for existing versions of Office. This means that Office 2019 will not be supported by users on Windows 8 or Windows 7.

No support is thus included for Windows 7 or even Windows 8.1 which is only four years old at this moment.

Most importantly for IT pros is that Microsoft is planning to permit installations of Office 2019 only through its "click-to-run" streaming technology. Many customers are already in the process of planning their upgrades, and today's announcements address feedback we've heard from them over the last few months. The Timeline feature in Windows 10 has a card based information that relies on activities and the cards have unique information. Windows 10 Pro S will cost $49 to convert to regular Windows 10 Pro.

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