New Updates to Office 2019

Leipzig, 04/11/2018 – The next generation of MS Office — Office 2019 — was announced last year at Ignite. The new generation will contain both well-known programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Skype for Business, as well as servers which are equipped with Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business. Microsoft has now finally released new information about the Office Update.

The latest version will be published and delivered in the second half of 2018. However, a preview of the new applications will be available by the second quarter of this year. Office 2019 will run exclusively on the following Windows 10 versions:

  • Windows 10 SAC (Semi-Annual Channel)

  • Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC (Long Term Servicing Channel) 2018, and

  • The latest LTSC (Long Term Servicing Channel) version.

Furthermore, the Office 2019 client applications will only be published using click-to-run installation technology. This means that no MSI files can be purchased, as the installation may only be launched online. The usual sales channels via volume licensing programs will not change due to this. Microsoft will continue to offer MSIs for Office server products.

Another new feature is the adjusted support period for Office 2019. A period of ten years was initially planned. This has now been reduced by half to five years. Microsoft has justified this by saying that efficient management solutions and comprehensive security approaches cannot be guaranteed by software that is ten years old. Increasing technological advances also make adjusting to a modern publication frequency necessary. For this reason, Office 2019 will be delivered in two separate support periods: Five-year Mainstream Support, and Extended Support, which includes a further two years. The latter is expected to end by 14 October 2025 and is primarily intended to supply security updates. No changes are planned to the existing versions of Office in terms of the support duration.

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