Feb 05, 2018 - 04:01 AM
Feb 05, 2018 - 07:07 AM
This timing does not seem much different from anything they have done previously - i.e. the OS is 8 years old so doesn't support current Office.
There are options availble to run older office under a O365 license so I think this is normal product release and upgrade program with catered options if you are paying for an up to date subscription.
Microsoft have always wanted you to have the latest product in maintenance, the optional subcription choice has just made it more visible.
Feb 05, 2018 - 07:53 AM
I'd warrant that 7 to 10 will be a bigger impact, given that most will have bypassed 8/8.1. Would be interested to hear what percentage of subscribers estates are on 7 - we're around 83%.
Feb 06, 2018 - 12:49 AM
Feb 06, 2018 - 04:10 AM
Feb 07, 2018 - 04:23 AM
If you're on the deferred channel for O365 releases, it's good to remember that this will impact you later so you have time to upgrade your OS infrastructure (which is a beast of a project!).
I came into my role half way through an upgrade to O365 for all users. What Microsoft didn't tell the people at the time was that Visio/Project 2013 and below wouldn't be compatible with a lot of the O365 features and SharePoint sharing...
Always check how/if Microsoft's latest releases affect your organisation from a support, compatibility and licensing perspective before you action anything...!
Windows as a Service is already sort-of in place. Bundles like Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) includes Windows Enterprise, but only for the term of your contract. I'm sure they'll push that out to other M365 plans to justify a price increase!
Feb 09, 2018 - 02:23 AM
Now, I would imagine that support is not the same as "will not run" and so it will be within Microsoft's control to either sell Premium Assurance for Office or provide technical measures to allow it to run. I'd also imagine that there will be some very large customers/govts shouting at Redmond on this. Just here in the UK we know from WannaCry how prevalent old OS deployment is in the public sector, and no-one has any budget or time to rip out Win7.
I actually see this as a barrier to adoption of O365, as the price has just gone up by around £12 per user (O365 E3 vs MS365 E3)