Microsoft in 2019 and beyond

4th September 2019
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Microsoft Office

As Microsoft reduce support for standalone versions of Microsoft Office, the future of the company turns to subscriptions. Although the development of perpetual licences is not coming to an end, users will need to move to the latest versions if they want to access all of the Office 365 cloud services. Services such as OneDrive for Business, Skype for Business, Sharepoint Online and Exchange Online will not be available to versions including Office 2010, 2013 and 2016.

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The company notified users in a blog post about the changes, stating: “We’re providing more than three years’ notice to give IT time to plan and budget for this change. Until this new requirement goes into effect in 2020, Office 2013 and Office 2016 perpetual clients will still be able to connect to Office 365 services.”

To connect to the Office 365 services after October 13, 2020, businesses will need to have Office 365 ProPlus or Office perpetual in mainstream support. Microsoft are pushing customers in the direction of Office 365 to get the best experience, which will be continually updated with new features.

As technology evolves and changes, system requirements need to follow suit. With a subscription service, Microsoft can provide predictability and reliability to clients, as well as ensuring they can enjoy all they have to offer.

It is no surprise Microsoft are moving towards Office as a Service (OaaS), as they originally planned to offer their suite as a subscription with Office 2003. Launching in 2011, Office 365 has continued to evolve and become a major source of revenue for the company and a subscription-based model will allow them to improve user satisfaction, support and security. Many other software companies have moved to subscription models such as Adobe, AutoDesk and Intuit.

Windows 10

Microsoft have released the next major version of Windows 10, code-named 19H1, which follows a biannual upgrade release cycle. Offering Windows 10 as both a traditional long-term servicing product with new updates every two or three years, and as a Windows as a Service product, the new version provides speed improvements and a new theme.

Available since May 21, 2019, this new version of Windows 10 no longer automatically updates, but rather asks the user’s permission. Of course, it is always best to have the most up-to-date software, but you can keep using your current version of Windows 10 as long as it is supported with security updates, which will be for 18 months.

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The new version of Windows 10 will also improve the speed of your PC or laptop. Here is a more detailed post about how the optimisations work if you’re interested in the finer details. The update also has ‘Windows Sandbox’ built in, providing an integrated and isolated desktop on which to run software without affecting your host operating system. This allows you to test apps safely in a secure environment, without the worry of malicious files or programmes affecting your PC.

Here at HardSoft, we offer Microsoft Office subscriptions and bundles that can be added to any of our Flexi-Lease devices. If you would like to find out more about how a Microsoft Office subscription could benefit your business or to discuss adding them to your Flexi-Lease, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our expert team.