Microsoft Microsoft last year announced that there will be a successor to Office , the non-subscription version of the application suite, and that the upgrade would ship in about a year. The bundle, named "Office ," will be geared to customers, primarily corporate customers, "who aren't yet ready for the cloud," according to Microsoft. First look: So, we collected some of the pressing questions business may have about the suite. What is a 'perpetual' Office?
Microsoft categorizes software by how it is paid for, discriminating between a license that was bought outright from one that is essentially "rented" because it's paid for over time, like a subscription. Most of the time Microsoft uses the term "one-time purchase" to label a software license that is paid for with a "single, up-front cost to get Office applications for one computer. In other words, the license has no expiration date, and users may run the suite as long as they want.
Microsoft last year announced that there will be a successor to Office , the non-subscription version of the application suite, and that the upgrade would ship in about a year. What are the differences between Office and Office ?
The company pegged the launch of the suite during the second half of the year. Spataro called out "Office " at the time as the nameplate for the application collection. When will Microsoft release Office ? No date yet, but there are hints enough to take a guess. In late September , Microsoft offered the Windows edition of Office to Office customers first, then followed with retail versions.
Office will likely appear around the same time of the year, in that same order. Here's why. Microsoft now issues two Office ProPlus feature upgrades — ProPlus is the standard suite that provides rights to the locally installed applications, including Excel, Outlook and Word, for subscribers — annually.
Those feature upgrades begin reaching customers in September and March of each year. Last Sept. The three months between the March appearance of the ProPlus feature upgrade and the July launch of the Office preview will give Microsoft time to digest feedback from customers and fix any bugs that surface.
The change from Office 's beta release date May to Office 's mid-summer was probably necessary to accommodate the March feature upgrade timetable; Microsoft didn't adopt the Windows esque feature release schedule for Office until after the launch of Office in September All Microsoft has to do to declare the applications delivered to ProPlus subscribers — Word, Outlook, and so on — as officially "Office " versions is to rename them.
It could do that on Sept. What will be in Office ? Microsoft's not saying. The feature set may not be revealed until mid, when Microsoft releases a preview of the suite.
For his part, Spataro hinted at some of what will make it into Office , calling out such features as Ink replay in Word and Morph in PowerPoint, which have been available to Office subscribers for one and two years, respectively.
And that's important to remember. There's little to no chance that Office will include any groundbreaking new features. Because the perpetually-licensed version of the suite is built by taking the accumulated changes since the predecessor appeared — the changes issued to Office subscribers over the past several years.
Microsoft will take the version of Office that Office ProPlus users have in, say, the spring of — and that version of Office is different than the version of Office sold as a one-time purchase — freeze the code, and call it Office In which forms and formats will Microsoft sell Office ? It's certain that Microsoft will offer Office to commercial customers via volume licensing, but it may be questionable to assume that it will sell single-copy versions at retail.
Microsoft will, at some point, discontinue sales of Office perpetual licenses, analysts have agreed. Microsoft has made no secret that it prefers subscriptions — Office in this case — for the recurring revenue they generate. Dumping single-copy one-time purchases would be the logical place to start reducing the perpetual option. Spataro did not say so, but Office will come in versions for both Windows and macOS.
There would be little reason to cull the latter, for instance, since Microsoft dominates that OS's productivity space, too. Why is it important that Microsoft ship Office this year? Another great question. In , Microsoft slashed the rights of users running non-subscription Office when it announced that perpetual-licensed versions of Office will be barred from connecting to Microsoft's cloud-based services, including hosted email Exchange and online storage OneDrive for Business after Oct.
Under the new rules, owners of a perpetual license for Office can use those services only during the first half of their year support lifecycle, the portion Microsoft dubs "mainstream. By releasing Office this year, Microsoft will give enterprises a year or so to migrate from Office or an earlier edition before the cloud service cutoff. Will Microsoft sell a one-time purchase version of Office after Office ? We don't think so. Rather than the usual decade of support — the first five in what Microsoft dubs "Mainstream," the second five as "Extended," which provides security-only updates — Office will get only seven years.
The simultaneous retirement of the two perpetually-licensed suites is the strongest signal yet that Microsoft plans to shut down the one-time purchase option after Office The late deadline will let Microsoft sell Office for years — during the Mainstream stretch, most likely — while hedging about a successor throughout. But it can still give enterprise customers a multi-year heads-up that it's the last of its kind and that those customers need to move to subscriptions.
Is it true that Office won't work on Windows 7? Or even Windows 8. Yes, that's true. Or maybe, no, it's not. Along with its announcement that Office 's support will run out after seven years, Microsoft also painted the system requirements with a broad brush. The requirements are substantially more restrictive than Office 's.
According to Spataro's Feb. No love for Windows 7 which retires in January , or a year-and-change after Office 's debut or Windows 8. Those two older OSes will have to be satisfied with Office which, again, doesn't fall off support until October Spataro did not offer an explanation for the support limitation. Previously, like when Microsoft said that Office could not be used to connect to the company's own cloud services after Oct. From Microsoft's perspective, the same reasoning could be applied to this ruling.
The cynical among us would instead see it as another push to move everyone onto Windows 10 ASAP by limiting the functionality of prior editions of Windows.
But although Microsoft was crystal clear that it would not support Office on Windows 7 or 8. For all we know, Office may work, perhaps not perfectly, on the older OSes.
Even if that were the case, however, Microsoft can easily bar Office security updates from reaching Windows 7 or 8. Historically, it has done exactly that, such as when it blocked Windows 7 systems from receiving Internet Explorer 8 IE8 security updates after January Okay, so we'll just move our Windows 8.
Uh, no. When Microsoft means it won't support Office , it really means it. Along with the no-Officesupport-on-Windows The latter's support runs out in April , three months after Windows 8. Blocking updates to Office ProPlus on Windows 8. In January, analytics vendor Net Applications pegged Windows 8's and 8. This story, "FAQ: Office is coming; here's what you need to know" was originally published by Computerworld.
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