Microsoft have published an update stating that Office 2019’s desktop application will only run on Windows 10. The current plans for the perpetual version, opposed to anything available via an Office365 subscription, is for it to be released in the second half of 2018. However they have also stated that Windows 10, or the next Long-Term Servicing version of Windows Server, will be required in order for the application to run.

The February 1st updated also revealed planned changes for Office 2019 support – notably that it will be for a shorter time-frame than previous versions. Previously, Microsoft have provided 5-years of standard support and 5-years of extended support – but the extended support period is planned to last for only 2 years.

Additional changes planned by Microsoft is to make Office 365 ProPlus, a business version of the service, only available on Windows 10’s semi-annual channel. Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2016  or older and Windows 10 LTSC releases won’t run ProPlus as for January 14, 2020. The reason’s provided for such a change is keeping Windows 10 and ProPlus in synch for security reasons.

This is a clear sign that Microsoft feel the time is now for those still running Windows 7 to upgrade to Windows 10 if they want to access the latest productivity innovations from Microsoft.