Microsoft is committed to help enterprise customers in their deployment and maintenance of Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus, Thursday, announced servicing and support extensions for Windows 10, along with upcoming changes to Office 365 ProPlus system requirements.
The company also shared details on the next “perpetual release of Office and Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release of Windows.”
The announcement is made just two years before the end of extended support for Windows 7 slated for January 14, 2020, when Microsoft will stop providing suppport via patches and security updates. That said, the company will no more support Office 365 ProPlus on Windows 7 with Service Pack 1.
Windows 10 Servicing Extensions
Announcing the additional six months of servicing extensions for Windows 10 release, Microsoft updates Windows 10 “Semi Annual Channel” release support for 18 months to now 24 months “only” for Enterprise and Education customers.
Microsoft notes, these extensions are for those “who have requested extension to implement Windows as a service.” This is in addition to last Novembers’ additional servicing for Windows 10, version 1511 via normal channels. “Windows 10 1511 end of support was October 10, 2017, but Enterprise and Education users have until April 10, 2018 to continue to get patches and updates.”
Windows 10 Home, Pro, Mobile, and Mobile Enterprise release (currently, 1607, 1703 or 1709) to continue to get security and other updates.
Additionally, Microsoft is also offering “additional paid servicing options” for Windows 10 Enterprise and Education releases starting with Windows 10 version 1607.
Also, the company is now providing the actual end of support dates for latest Windows 10 releases, as shown in the cart below:
About Perpetual Windows 10 LTSC Release
In addition, Microsoft also announced the next Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release of Windows 10 Enterprise that will be ship in the fall of 2018. This LTSC edition known as “Windows 10 1809” will be under fixed lifecycle policy with a term of 5 years of mainstream support and 5 years of extended support.
It’ll have same features as “Semi-Annual Channel” release with some usual exceptions, including without in-box apps, Microsoft Edge, and Cortana. This release will also support all latest processors, per the standard silicon support policy.
Office 365 ProPlus System Requirements
Microsoft also is making updates on the Windows system requirements on which Office 365 ProPlus will run, as well as announcements around the upcoming Office 2019 Suite.
“Office 365 ProPlus available via subscription liecensing delivers cloud-connected and always up-to-date versions of the Office desktop apps, including: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, Publisher, Skype for Business, OneDrive for Business, and the Office mobile apps.”
As per current support policy, ProPlus will not support Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) versions that are no longer being serviced, the company said.
That said, effective January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer support ProPlus on Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2016 and “older,” and any Windows 10 LTSC. This is all despite the fact that Mirosoft will continue to support Windows 8.1 until Jan 10, 2023, while Windows Server 2016 will remain in support until Jan of 11, 2027.
The company said it’ll also deliver a new Remote Desktop and desktop virtualization capabilities within the SAC release cadence of Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows Server to all those that deliver Office to their users via Remote Desktop and VDI.
About Office 2019
Reiterating its plan announced at the Ignite, Microsoft said the next perpetual version of Office called “Office 2019” will ship in the second half of 2018, with previews of client apps, including [Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, and Skype for Business], and servers, including [Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business].
Today, the company also shared the Office 2019 will not be supported on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, but will include support on any Windows 10 SAC release in active support, Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2018 and the next LTSC release of Windows Server.
And, that Office 2019 client apps will be released with “Click-to-Run” only, and there will be no MSI deployment methodology for Office 2019 clients. However, it will continue with MSI for Office Server products.
That’s not all, Microsoft also shared it will be cutting the support of next perpetual versions of Office—instead of [Fixed Lifecycle Policy, with a 5 years of standard and 5 years of extended support] —-the Office 2019 will ship with a reduced extended support period—[it will carry 5 years of mainstream support and approximately two years of extended support], so it aligns with the extended support end date for Office 2016, which is October 14, 2025.
Microsoft Office 2010 support ends on October 2020. “There is no change to the support term for existing versions of Office.”
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