“Microsoft also reduces the extended support of this version to two years”
Having focused its strategy on the cloud in recent years, Microsoft is encouraging businesses to move to Office 365 to take advantage of its cloud-based desktop applications, in addition to many other features and applications that are not available with the cloud. traditional version of Office. “Office 365 offers cloud-aware versions of Office applications that are always up-to-date … but we recognize that some customers are not ready to move to the cloud and will instead choose to deploy on-premise or hybrid architectures,” Microsoft says in a blog post. For these customers, the software giant will continue to offer the traditional version of Office at least for a while. Office 2019, for example, will be available later in the year after pre-releases that will be released starting in the second quarter. But the next version of Microsoft Office will not be available to anyone hoping to use it.
In an article on support for Windows and Office, released Thursday by Microsoft, the software giant has indeed announced that the next version of its office suite will only be supported on Windows 10 and Windows Server. In other words, Office 2019 can not be installed on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, while their extended media will end respectively in January 2020 and January 2023. So you will need to upgrade to Windows 10 if you want the latest version of Office without you subscribe to the Microsoft Office 365 service.
Microsoft also changes the duration of Office 2019 support. Like other versions of Windows and Office, Office 2019 will benefit from a five-year core support, but an “about two-year” extended support instead of five years. Microsoft explains that “modern software offers not only new features to help users do their best, but also new and more efficient management solutions and more comprehensive security approaches,” says Microsoft. software older than 10 years that has not benefited from this innovation is difficult to secure and intrinsically less productive. And as the pace of innovation accelerates, Microsoft has made sense to no longer support its software for as long as 10 years, at least with regard to Office 2019. There is no change to the duration support for existing versions of Office.
The announced changes also concern Windows 10, among others. About Windows 10, Microsoft has decided to expand its support for businesses and customers in the educational community. “Windows 10 is rapidly being adopted by organizations of all sizes, and many customers have made significant progress in moving to Windows as a service … However, some have asked for an extension of standard support to 18 months for updates. of Windows 10, “said Microsoft. To help these customers, Microsoft has announced an additional six months of support for the Enterprise and Education editions of Windows 10, versions 1607, 1703 and 1709.
Microsoft has decided to block and remove programs that try to convince users to buy solutions that are supposed to help optimize their system. These are typically applications such as system optimization tools, malware cleaners, or registry cleaners. These programs, which are increasingly popular, claim to scan computers for errors, and then use alarming messages to scare customers into buying a premium version of the same program. The paid version of these programs claims to correct the problems found by the free version.
“We find this practice problematic because it can push customers to make unnecessary purchasing decisions,” says Barak Shein of Windows Defender Security Research. To protect its customers, Microsoft has decided to update its evaluation criteria to specify that programs must not use alarming or compelling messages that may prompt users to make a purchase or perform other actions. .
“We use the evaluation criteria to determine which programs are identified as malicious software and unwanted software. In the future, programs displaying compelling messages will be classified as unwanted software, detected and deleted, “says Microsoft. Starting March 1, 2018, Windows Defender and other Microsoft security products will classify such programs as unwanted software and will be detected and removed.
Microsoft encourages users to report programs that display such unwanted behaviors. If you’re a developer, and want to make sure your software meets Microsoft’s evaluation criteria, you can submit it for analysis on the Windows Defender Security Intelligence portal. This will help you find out if your software is classified as a threat, unwanted software or a normal file, and how to correct the problem if your software does not comply with the evaluation criteria.
Microsoft took advantage of its Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida, September 25-29, 2017 to provide more details on the next edition of its Office 2019 office suite. The US technology company has revealed that its software should integrate several interesting features that will probably delight business users who spend a lot of time on Excel and PowerPoint.
According to the information reported by the Windows editor, Microsoft Office 2019 should be formalized from next year, probably during the second half of 2018. It is also expected that pre-emptions will be made available to testers during First 6 months of 2018. Office 2019 should include updates to facilitate the use of management tools, voice and security.
There should be no surprises regarding the application pack that comes with Office 2019. Users should have no trouble finding their favorite applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher and others).
Unlike Office 365, which provides access to the latest Office applications and updates as they become available through the cloud, the Office 2019 Office Suite will be primarily intended for customers who do not have permanent Internet access or are not ready to migrate to Microsoft’s cloud solution.
Licenses allowing a more or less limited use of the applications composing the future Microsoft office suite should be offered to users instead of the subscription system used with Office 365. It would seem, moreover, that certain options, such as those proposed by PowerPoint Designer will only work with the subscription version of Office. These features are currently only available on the cloud version of the Microsoft office suite.
The Redmond company has discussed new inking tools that should allow users to work more naturally and the addition of new animations, such as Morph and Zoom, which should complete the presentations made with PowerPoint. The addition of “new formulas and charts that will make data analysis more powerful on Excel” would be another important element that should benefit this new version. Improvements in title and highlighting effects to facilitate the use of a stylus have also been cited.
“improvements still need to be made”
The company Microsoft has officially announced that it will abandon its application Skype for Enterprise and replace it with its Teams work platform that is integrated with Office 365. But to reassure its users, Microsoft made it clear that both solutions could be used at the same time and on the same machine without creating conflict. This should make it easier for the companies concerned to compare the two working solutions and to decide where to go. Moreover, the two working platforms are compatible with each other.
The American technology company took advantage of the Ignite conference it is organizing in Orlando, Florida from September 25 to 29 to make this announcement. The Windows Editor already allows users of the Office 365 suite to upgrade from the Skype application in their corporate version to Microsoft Teams.
The Redmond company said it plans to add new and improved features to Microsoft Teams so users do not feel lost after migrating to the new work platform. Most of these features were already present in the Skype Enterprise Edition, but so far they were badly needed by Microsoft Teams. For example, introducing incoming and outgoing calls to PSTN numbers, call waiting, call forwarding, voicemail, and other useful features for calls or conferences. .
Microsoft also plans to introduce audio conferencing support on its new enterprise-class work platform. However, this feature should only be proposed as a first step.
For now, it’s unclear exactly when exactly Microsoft will completely replace Skype for Enterprise by Teams, but that will probably not happen until the features mentioned are built into Teams. The Redmond firm also plans to release a new version of Skype for Business Server by the second half of 2018 for its customers still operating PBX systems that are not ready to transition to Teams.