Microsoft to drop Windows 10 S as a stand-alone product

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Microsoft revealed last fall that it will soon introduce a new version of its super popular office suite.

As mentioned, Office 2019 will be out in the second half of this year, although the beta apps will be deployed in the second quarter (so possibly April at the earliest). Which is the same day on which Microsoft will end extended support for Office 2016. Microsoft also says that Office 2019 client apps will be released with the "Click to Run" installation technology only and not the MSI deployment methodology which is through Windows Installer Packages. To ensure that customers get the most secure and efficiently managed experience from ProPlus and Windows 10 together, we are providing updates on the Windows system requirements for Office 365 ProPlus. Now a few months later, the latest operating system from Microsoft has managed to surpass Windows 7 worldwide. In the dedicated post, Bernardo Caldas, General Manager for Windows, and Jared Spataro, General Manager for Office, Microsoft dropped a bad news on the compatibility of Office 2019. Microsoft Store is slowly populating with more and more modern UWP apps, a no-show in Windows 7.

Then again, when you ask NetMarketShare, another analytics firm, Windows 7 leads Windows 10 in worldwide usage by 8 percent, though the difference has narrowed from 20 percent past year.

Windows 10 has become the most used Microsoft operating system (OS) globally, overtaking Windows 7, according to StatCounter. Also judging by the end of extended support of Office 2019, we should expect it being released around October, but we have to wait and see.

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Others viewed Microsoft's decision as a harbinger of an Office 365-only world. In the past, perpetual versions of Office were released under the Microsoft Fixed Lifecycle Policy, with a term of 5 years of standard support and 5 years of extended support.

New Remote Desktop and desktop virtualization capabilities will also be made available within Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows Server later this year, aimed at meeting the needs of organizations who use these services to stream Office to users.

This report dovetails with a brief appearance of Windows 10 Home in S Mode, noted on February 2 by Neowin.Net.

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