Windows 10 version 1511, 1607, 1703, and 1709 will all be supported for another six months to help enterprise and education users move to the latest supported versions of Windows 10. But when they do launch, PC owners who want the latest standalone Office apps, rather than the subscription-based Office 365, need either Windows 10 or the next Long-Term Servicing version of Windows Server.
Previous year at Ignite, we announced Office 2019 - the next perpetual version of Office that includes apps (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, and Skype for Business) and servers (including Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business).
As mentioned, Office 2019 will be out in the second half of this year, although the beta apps will be deployed in the second quarter (so possibly April at the earliest).
According to Statcounter, Windows 10 ran on 42.78 per cent of Windows computers in January 2018 - versus 41.86 per cent for Windows 7. This means that Office 2019's extended support will end on 14th October 2025.
In addition to this new requirement, Microsoft has also revealed that extended support for the perpetual version of Office 2019 will run for two years, down from five years previously.
Which is a bit inconsistent with news from the very same announcement that Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2018 will land "in the fall of 2018" and get five years of extended support. In other words, pushy software that displays pressuring messages will soon be classified as unwanted, and Microsoft's Windows Defender Antivirus will remove them.
Furthermore, a report has made its way on the internet suggesting Microsoft is working on new version of Win 10 codenamed "Polaris".
Adverts that give "free scan" of a Windows PC which later identifies a malware or defects that only its paid software can remove are very common on the Internet and Microsoft will soon make a move to shield clients from these tricks.
The preliminary version of Office 2019 will become available somewhere around summer but at this point we don't have an official, final release date. This is because all new machines that are being sold now come with Windows 10 preinstalled.
Others viewed Microsoft's decision as a harbinger of an Office 365-only world. Nor will unsupported Windows 10 semi-annual releases.