Last year, Microsoft announced the release of Office 2019 will set dock in mid-2018. The company published an update today in a support article revealing the beta apps for the version of Office 2019, as opposed to the subscription Office 365, will appear in the second quarter of the year.
However, the software will only run on Windows 10 operating system. Mac users won’t be affected because it’s a separate product with a different schedule of release. For Windows 10 users, only the Semi-Annual or Long-Term Servicing Channel editions of the OS will run Office’s apps. Support for Office 2019 will also be shorter than usual.
Office 2019 will ship in H2 of 2018. Previews of the new apps and servers will start shipping in the second quarter of 2018. Office 2019 apps will be supported on any supported Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) release. Office 2019 will provide five years of mainstream support and approximately two years of extended support. This is an exception to our ‘Fixed Lifecycle Policy’ to align with the support period for Office 2016. Extended support will end 10/14/2025 – Microsoft
The software will include the usual applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Skype for Business and server versions of Exchange and SharePoint. The support for Windows 10 (versions 1511, 1607, 1703, and 1709) for enterprise and education customers running certain versions of the operating system was extended for another six months to help them move to the latest supported versions of the operating system.