Windows 10 has officially surpassed Windows 7 worldwide

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

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

Windows 10 may have only just become the most commonly used Microsoft OS, but the UK's adoption was quicker than the global market. This new version of Windows 10 is built upon the UWP which makes it "Microsoft's first truly modern Windows OS for the traditional PC form factor".

Polaris is not the next iteration of Windows but is a brand new version of Windows 10 for desktop PCs. Each LTSC release has five years of "mainstream support" followed by five years of "extended support", which Microsoft now calls its "Fixed Lifecycle Policy".

According to a report from StatCounter, a web analytics firm, in January 2018 Windows 10 surpassed the old favorite Windows 7 in terms of its install base.

"Microsoft definitely wants people to subscribe, and that's the future of how they want people to consume Windows", Mangan said.

Most importantly for IT pros is that Microsoft is planning to permit installations of Office 2019 only through its "click-to-run" streaming technology.

Others viewed Microsoft's decision as a harbinger of an Office 365-only world.

The suite consists of the Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Skype for Business apps, and comes with a ton of improvements which include the likes of new charts for Excel and fresh animations for PowerPoint, better inking features and tighter security.

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). The company also extended support for Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions 1607, 1703 and 1709 by another six months.

Now Microsoft is putting its foot down regarding Office 365 ProPlus support. Nor will unsupported Windows 10 semi-annual releases.

And don't even get me started on Windows 7's pitiful stylus support.

The Jan. 14, 2020 end-of-support date seems rather accelerated. "There has been an increase in free versions of programs that purport to scan computers for various errors, and then use alarming, coercive messages to scare customers into buying a premium version of the same program", says Barak Shein, from Microsoft's Windows Defender team.

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