Microsoft Office 2019 will only work on Windows 10. New versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook will not be able to be used on a PC running an earlier version of Windows. You will therefore have to choose between switching to Windows 10 or staying with Office 2016 or 2013.
Microsoft Office 2019 will require a computer running Windows 10 to work, Microsoft said in a blog post. It will not be possible to use the suite of software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook with an older version of Windows. Users with a PC running Windows 7 or 8.1 will have to adapt.
By adopting such a strategy, Microsoft is a winner every time: it forces users to turn to Windows 10 if they want to take advantage of Microsoft Office 2019 and encourages companies to subscribe to the Office 365 service, which has been accused of allowing bosses to spy on their employees and is likely to be the last step before the move to the cloud. The other solution is simply to stay with the old versions of the Office 2013 or 2016 software suites.
For support, the group announces that Microsoft Office 2019 will be followed very closely for five years and then a little less two more years. This will end on 14 October 2025. The software suite will be released in the second half of 2018, with no further details for the moment. Previews of the new applications and servers will be available in the second half of 2018.
These changes affect many users since many have kept an old version of Windows. Figures vary according to sources. According to NetMarketShare, Windows 7 has a 42.39% market share, still far ahead of Windows 10 (34.29%). For StatCounter, Microsoft’s latest OS comes on the contrary to passing in front of Windows 7 with 42.78% market share against 41.86% for its predecessor thanks to PC sales at the end of the year.