Microsoft abandoning its earlier announcement of Office 365 support, announced the extension said it now supports Office 365 ProPlus on earlier Windows versions, as well as allows it to run on Office 2016.
Back in February, the company said that effective
it would no longer support Office 365 ProPlus on any Windows 10 LTSC release, Windows Server 2016 and older, as well as Windows 8.1 and older.
Despite the fact that Windows 8.1 will continue to be supported until January, 10, 2023., and Windows Server 2016 are still in support until Jan. 11, 2027. Microsoft did the update arguing that this will “that both Office and Windows receive regular, coordinated updates to provide the most secure environment with the latest capabilities.”
Today, based on customer feedback, Microsoft updated again support for Office 365 ProPlus on Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2016.
“We are updating the Windows system requirements for Office 365 ProPlus and revising some announcements that were made in February,” the company stated.
To support customers who are already running Office 365 ProPlus, the following updates are made:
Microsoft said that Office 365 ProPlus will now continue to be supported on Windows 8.1 through January 2023. Coincidently, this is also the end of support date for Windows 8.1.
Additionally, Office 365 ProPlus will also continue to be supported on Windows Server 2016 until October 2025. This is still far short of the 2027 end-of-support date for Windows Server.
Also, in February the company said that as of October 13, 2020, users would need either Office 365 ProPlus or Office 2019 clients to connect to Office 365 services.
Office 2016, which remains supported by Microsoft until 2025, wouldn’t work anymore as of October 2020, they said.
Now, Microsoft has modified that policy as well as to give the user more time to transition fully to the cloud. It will continue to support Office 2016 connections with the Office 365 services through October 2023.
Office 365 ProPlus delivers cloud-connected and always up-to-date versions of the Office desktop apps.
A company spokesperson said: “We want to support Office 365 ProPlus as long as we support other versions of Office on Windows Server 2016. We will support Office 2016 on Windows Server 2016 until October 2025 [that’s the end of support date for Office 2016 on all platforms], so we’ll support ProPlus on Windows Server 2016 until that date as well.”