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

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

A post on the Windows blog outlines changes to servicing and support of Windows and Office.

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). In keeping with the previous Long-Term Servicing Channel releases, this release will have the same features as the Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel release made available at the same time - with the usual exceptions (including apps that are often updated with additional functionality, including the in-box apps, Microsoft Edge, and Cortana).

Microsoft has a reason why they decided to make sure that Office 2019 only works with Windows 10.

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At Microsoft, we're committed to helping our commercial customers deliver a secure and productive modern workplace - and that means helping them get current and stay current on Office and Windows.

Larger organizations in particular are still hesitant to migrate because of various concerns, most often the automatic update cadence that Microsoft introduced in Windows 10, Mangan said. This is an exception to our Fixed Lifecycle Policy to align with the support period for Office 2016.

It hasn't been the smoothest road, but after its launch in the winter of 2015, Windows 10 has finally surpassed the eight-year old Windows 7 as Microsoft's most popular operating system. Support will be shorter than normal well, Instead of the normal 5 years standard support, and 5 year extended, they are shortening extended support to 2 years.

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The lead that Windows 10 now has over Windows 7 is still pretty small, though it is unlikely that Windows 7 will again take the lead over Windows 10 next month. The list of devices includes desktops, tablets, Xbox One consoles, HoloLens headsets, and Surface Hub devices, in addition to some dated, Windows 10 Mobile-based smartphones. According to a survey of enterprise IT admins previous year, 68% of businesses are still running Windows 7, compared to 13% on Windows 10. So while you'll still get periodic security patches until extended support for Windows 7 ends in 2020 (which isn't really that far away), you shouldn't expect any more new features or improvements to hit Win 7.

Others viewed Microsoft's decision as a harbinger of an Office 365-only world. Recently, I was able to view some content being shared with select partners that details the company's plans and changes coming to Windows 10.

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