Microsoft have announced in a blog post last week that they will only allow users to connect to Office 365 services from Office 365 subscription clients or Office clients with mainstream support from 13th October, 2020. After this date, users will not be able to use Office 365 services such as Skype for Business, OneDrive for Business and Outlook unless they have an Office 365 subscription. This move by Microsoft will affect users of standalone desktop versions of Office such as Office 2010, 2013 and 2016.
Mainstream support for Office 2016 also ends on the same day that this policy comes into effect, meaning that organisations will need to purchase a version of Office that is still supported or buy an Office 365 subscription. As things stand, no version of Office will have mainstream support from Microsoft in 2020. There is likely to be another version of Office perpetual before 2020, which should follow Microsofts typical update cycle, however only time will tell if this new Office version will have access to Office 365 once the 2020 support ends for Office 2016.
This announcement is further evidence of Microsoft’s plan to move customers to its Office 365 paid service. Like Adobe, Microsoft is moving away from the traditional license-based purchase model to a monthly subscription service, known to bring in stable revenue and a quicker return for any investments in new features.
If your business is looking to move to Office 365, Netcomm can help. We can oversee the full migration to Office 365 and provide ongoing support to your business. For more information, give us a call on 01925 873500.