In late 2018 Microsoft will be releasing the newest iteration of the Office Suite, Office 2019. The product, first introduced at Microsoft Ignite in September of last year, is expected to pack a few new features as well as refinements to the current architecture of the suite. However, Microsoft announced an important system requirement for the Office 2019: Windows 10.
In a blog post (released on Thursday 2/1/18) Microsoft outlined a number of new products updates. In the post Microsoft confirmed a Q2 preview of the new Office Suite as well as the H2 alpha release. The team at Microsoft has still not given many details on updated features. However, they have confirmed that they are working on a number of fronts to improve the software. Jared Spataro in September 2017:
“For example, new and improved inking features—like pressure sensitivity, tilt effects, and ink replay—will allow you to work more naturally. New formulas and charts will make data analysis for Excel more powerful. Visual animation features—like Morph and Zoom—will add polish to PowerPoint presentations. Server enhancements will include updates to IT manageability, usability, voice, and security.” (Link)
Microsoft specifies in the blog that any currently supported and updated software will be able to run the new Office. Essentially, just Windows 10 Home and Pro. However, “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
In addition to the Windows 10 requirement Microsoft has stated that they will no longer be using MSI to install the software but will ship with a Click-to-Run installer that has been standard use with Office 365. Like most Microsoft products Office 2019 will be provided with five years of mainstream support, with an additional 2-5 years of extended support after.
Office 2019 In Short:
If you’re still running an older operating system like Windows 7 or 8.1 and want to upgrade your Office software to the latest iteration you’re going to need to upgrade to Windows 10 as well. This in itself isn’t a bad idea, as extended support for Windows 7 ends January 2020. Or, you can update to Office 365 for an always current, always secure, cloud based Office suite.