Good for Windows 10, Bad for Office — Microsoft Support Changes

Posted February 03, 2018

Since that free period ended, new Windows 10 users slowed down, but they've continued to trickle in as support for older operating systems declines and newer platforms benefit more and more from the Windows 10 ecosystem, including support for DirectX12. Microsoft has announced that Windows Defender will start removing software that has "coercive messages" or "misleading content to pressure you into paying for additional services or performing superfluous actions".

In the future, the gap would grow as Windows 7 is slowly becoming obsolete especially since Microsoft pulled mainstream support for the OS.

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Microsoft Windows 10 is now more popular than Windows 7, globally.

Another figure Microsoft cares about is how many Windows 10 users are running the latest version, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

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Two years ago, Microsoft criticized cleaner and optimizer programs for not providing users with more detailed information about the system errors and security problems they claimed to address. Others have already moved to Windows 10, but plenty are still on Windows 7 or 8.1 - or even Windows XP in some cases. Microsoft has also provided manual instructions to disable the patch through the registry. The first LTSC release was Windows 10 version 1507 in July 2015, according to Microsoft's Release Information page. The short period between when Office 2019 comes out and when Windows 7 support ends - a year and a half, at most - may be why Microsoft chose to not support that OS and software together, Mangan said. The selection of office programs is called Office 2019 and includes new versions of its iconic software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint, Exchange, as well as Skype for Business.

In an update published on February 1st, the company revealed that the beta apps for the perpetual version of Office 2019 - as opposed to the subscription Office 365 - will appear in 2018's second quarter and a final release will ship in the second half of the year.

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Under the new scheme, Windows 10 version 1607, also known as the Anniversary Update, will no longer be supported on October 9, six months after its original April 10 end-of-support date. The new client applications won't use a traditional installer; rather they will rely on Click-to-Run, a streaming and virtualization technology used to install Office applications and updates. If this trend keeps on going, then we might be looking at Win 10 taking a major desktop market share since Win 7 support has been dropped by Microsoft.