When Microsoft Office 2019 goes into preview during the second quarter of 2018, it will have one major system requirement: you will have to run Windows 10.
This comes after the company earlier also linked support for the newest microprocessors to Windows 10.
Although Microsoft has not specifically outlined which features will be available within the latest applications, on Thursday the firm announced in a blog post that preview editions of these apps would become available during Q2, 2018. As confirmed earlier, the final edition of Office 2019 should be launched in the latter half of next year.
The requirement for Windows 10 is new. The specifications mention any presently supported edition that gets updated with new features twice a year, which basically eliminates everything but Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro.
The blog continued: “Software that is more than a decade old, and hasn’t benefited from this innovation, is difficult to secure and inherently less productive. As the pace of change accelerates, it has become imperative to move our software to a more modern cadence.”
Microsoft added that it would not be selling Office with the outdated MSI installer. All the apps will use the new Click-to-Run installer used in Office 365.
Office 2019 will come with five years of mainstream support plus extended support for another two years.
The company also indicated that it wants to phase out Office ProPlus versions that are not on the same spring/fall update system as Windows 10.