Office 2019 Won't Support Older Versions of Windows

Windows 10 Finally More Popular Than Windows 7 Worldwide StatCounter

According to web analytics firm Net Applications, Windows 7 remains the leading desktop operating system (44.81 percent), followed by Windows 10 (28.19 percent).

Microsoft has noticed an increase in the number of free cleaner or optimizer programs using coercive language to drive people to pay for "premium" versions of their software, Terry Myerson, executive vice president for the Windows and Devices Group, said in a blog post Tuesday. However, that figure includes tablets, phones, and Xbox consoles.

Since the arrival of Windows 10, Microsoft has taken a "Windows as a service" approach to delivering operating system updates.

As for the other versions of Windows, currently, they are all flatlining under 10 percent. NetMarketShare also weights the data by country, whereas StatCounter doesn't. Windows 8.1 is the third most popular version of Windows with an overall share of just 8.72 percent.

As StatCounter notes, there are geographical differences in when Windows 10 overtook Windows 7.

The latest version of Windows took the UK's greatest market share in June 2016, while the United States was a few months later in January 2017.

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Ditching older versions of Windows is a gamble. According to this Microsoft support article (via The Verge), Office 2019 will only run on PCs with Windows 10.

Starting next month, Microsoft will be on the lookout for software that uses alarming or misleading notifications to scare users into paying for added security protection. First and foremost is updates, because Microsoft has already shut down mainstream support of Windows 7. At the same time, Windows 7 lost 0.03 percentage points.

"Windows 10 was launched at the end of July 2015 and Microsoft will be pleased to have put its Windows 8 experience behind it", he wrote.

To date, Windows 7 seems more common than Windows 10 in business.

The fate of Windows 10 lies in the hands of users that are still deeply in love with Windows 7. Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) and Fall Creators Update (version 1709) have new end-of-support dates of April 9, 2019, and October 8, 2019, respectively.

Are users really in love with Windows 7? And with Microsoft's current mission statement being "to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more" and Office 2019 representing the company's latest stab at productivity enhancements, the message is that those on old versions of Windows are cutting themselves off from the future.

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