“What Do You Mean You Don’t Have Microsoft Word?”

Microsoft Office has entrenched itself in business so much that it’s become commonplace.  Not having Microsoft Office is like not having a pen.  You never notice when you have it, but you always notice when you don’t.  In companies with more than 100 users, recent statistics have over 90% of those users subscribed to Office 365.  Combine that necessity with Microsoft’s switch to the Software as a Service (SaaS) model, and more people than ever don’t just have Microsoft Office.  They’re switching to the latest and greatest more regularly.

Sorry, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

Microsoft Office 2019 may not see a high adoption rate upon it’s release later this year.  Why?  Because Office 2019 will only be supported on Windows 10.  This comes as surprise since projections show that Windows 7 will be in use until 2020.  Windows 8.1 will remain in use until 2023.  If you’re using either of these versions of Windows now, you won’t be installing Office 2019 at all.

Shorter Support Period

What’s also interesting is the shorter support period for Office 2019.  Support for Office 2019 will actually end at the same time as support for Office 2016, October 14th, 2025.  Office server software will have the same support period.  All of this comes as a result of Microsoft’s plans to speed up the release cycle.

Microsoft will be releasing new versions of apps more regularly.  These releases will include new features and more security updates (Microsoft Office files are used in attacks regularly.  Read more here.).  According to Microsoft, “Software that is more than a decade old, and hasn’t benefited from this innovation, is difficult to secure and inherently less productive.”

Why Windows 10 Only?

With no official statement from Microsoft, it seems that they’re saying, “We really want you to upgrade to Windows 10.”  Surveys from last year showed that 68% of businesses were still running Windows 7.  Only 13% had upgraded to Windows 10 at that point.  Combined with the fallout from vulnerabilities like Meltdown and Spectre, it all makes staying on Windows 7 less and less appealing.

So Now What?

If you’re already running Windows 10, we have other blog posts you can read!  If your business makes up part of that 68%, then you really should consider upgrading soon.  The upgrade process provides its own challenges, but you don’t have to go it alone.  Pit Crew IT Services can take care of the entire upgrade process for you.   If you’re already a customer, we’ve probably already brought this topic up to you.  If you’re not, then request a consultation below, and we’ll provide you with a plan of attack.

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