Microsoft announced earlier this week that Office 2019 software will only run on supported versions of Windows 10, with applications previewing starting in the second quarter of this year and the release of the package coming in the second half.
According to the company, applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, and Skype for Business) will only rely on Click-to-Run installation technology and the MSI option will not be available for deployment. For Office Server products, the company will continue to offer the MSI option.
The software will have five years of general support and approximately two years of extended support, ending October 14, 2025. Microsoft claims that this is an exception to the company’s Life Cycle Policy to be able to align with the support period for Office 2016.
Microsoft has also announced that it will no longer support Office 365 ProPlus on Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Server 2016 and LTSC versions for Windows 10 as of January 14, 2020. The company also plans to release new desktop virtualization features in the next biannual version of Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows Server.