Microsoft will be releasing the standalone version of Office 2019 later this year, and it looks like the next version of its single license productivity suite will be exclusive to Windows 10. Which might be somewhat disappointing for some to hear.
Those on older operating systems that want to retain the latest features from Microsoft’s productivity suite can still opt for Office 365. Which is technically a different product, and is supported differently.
Office 2019 doesn’t require a subscription; unlike Office 365. It’s the version that most people would be familiar with, building on its predecessors like Office 2010 and 2016. Essentially, it’s a one time purchase for people who only need one license for the software at a time. Microsoft has also announced that Office 2019 will receive five years of standard support, with an additional five years of extended support.
Previewed back at Microsoft’s Build conference last year, Office 2019 will still look a lot like Office always has. It’s set for a release in the second half of this year, with previews scheduled to begin at some point in the second quarter of 2018.