Microsoft released Office 2019 earlier this year, but that doesn’t mean that all Windows users will be able to run it. Specifically, those running the traditional Windows operating systems are out of luck—Office 2019 won’t work on Windows 7 or 8.1, and Microsoft isn’t planning to update those operating systems either. If you don’t have Windows 10 and you want to run Office 2019, you’ll need to upgrade your operating system—it’s available as a free upgrade from either Microsoft or from your device manufacturer.
What does that mean?
Yesterday, Microsoft released the first major update to their newest operating system, Windows 10. It includes some exciting features, but it also means that if you use any version of Windows other than 10 then you’ll have to do without Word, Excel or PowerPoint–Microsoft’s pre-installed office suite software. The reason? To incentivize people to upgrade to the latest edition. In an email sent out by a Microsoft spokesperson, they said If customers are still using Windows 7 or 8.1 now, we recommend upgrading now because of security concerns.
What do we need to do?
The only way to be able to use the Microsoft Office 2019 suite is by upgrading your device’s operating system to the newest version of Windows 10. The application does not have a standalone installer, which means that it cannot be installed on previous versions of the OS – as it would require conversion from a 32-bit OS to 64-bit. This decision is understandable considering how frequent an upgrade would take for people who still use an older version of the operating system.
When can I get it?
Windows 10 users will be able to get a free upgrade to the newest version of Microsoft Office in 2020, but everyone else will have to buy it at full price or move onto a different operating system, such as Windows 10. According to Microsoft, there are now over 700 million computers out there that are not running Windows 10- almost half of the devices worldwide!
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