Microsoft has recently been moving around supportability dates on Office client and server. Office 2019 will now provide 7 years of support, five (5) years of mainstream support and two (2) years of extended support as an exception to the 10-year Fixed Lifecycle Policy term. This is the “boxed” version of Office clients, not “Office 365” the continuously evolving subscription version.
Office Server 2019 products also align with this new 7-year term.
Originally Microsoft said Office 2016 clients would be unable to connect to cloud-based Office 365 services after Oct. 13, 2020. It looks like customer pressure has pushed this to now being supported until 2023.
It’s interesting to see the balance between Microsoft pushing towards subscription models and continuous updates and Enterprises often not being so ready to align with this model for commercial or business reasons.
“You’ve been talking, and we’ve been listening. Specifically, we’ve heard your feedback on desktop deployment, and we’re working hard to introduce new capabilities, services, and policies to help you on your way. The combination of Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus delivers the most productive, most secure end-user computing experience available. But we recognize that it takes time to both upgrade devices and operationalize new update processes. Today’s announcements are designed to respond to your feedback and make it easier, faster, and cheaper to deploy a modern desktop. We know that there is still a lot of work to do. But we’re committed to working with you and systematically resolving any issues.”