Major Licensing Changes You Need to Know
Don’t miss new licensing changes that could affect whether you migrate to Office 365 or not
Ever since Satya Nadella took the helm at Microsoft several years ago, it’s been clear that the company was aiming to reposition itself as a power in cloud computing. Nadella and his team should receive a lot of credit for Microsoft’s massive success with the rollout of Office 365 and their Azure platform. Because of the company’s significant shift towards the cloud, they’ve recently made a variety of licensing changes that actually went into effect on October 1st of this year.
Key changes to Office 2019
While many companies still are reliant on on-premises versions of Office, Microsoft is quietly nudging its customers to move to the cloud or face price increases. Office 2019 which is expected to be released later this year, will see a 10 percent price increase for the on-premises version of the software. This is likely in hopes to steer more companies to Microsoft’s subscription-based Office 365 products.
Shorter lifecycle for Office 2019
Another move that should concern companies who rely on on-premise versions of Office is the shorter support lifecycle that was released. Microsoft will offer five years of “mainstream” support and another two years of extended support. This is much different than previous versions of Office, which included five years of both “mainstream” and extended support.
Office 2019 to require Windows 10
If you’re hoping to install the new Office 2019 on your Windows 7 boxes, you’ll be sadly mistaken. Even though Microsoft’s lifecycle for Windows 7 doesn’t technically end until January of 2020, the company is forcing users of Office 2019 to upgrade to Windows 10 right away.
Is it time to move to Office 365?
If you’re on the fence about moving to Office 365, this recent announcement from Microsoft may be enough to force you to pull the trigger. Below are just a few of the benefits that you’ll enjoy by moving to the cloud as opposed to relying on on-premises versions of Office software that constantly need updating.
- Say goodbye to Exchange server management. One of the biggest pains for most IT teams is managing an Exchange server. Thanks to the versatility of Office 365, you can migrate all your organization’s email accounts to the cloud and leave the heavy lifting to Microsoft as opposed to your own IT resources. Microsoft’s Exchange Online interface offers loads of advantages compared to an on-premises Exchange server, a few of which include redundancy, additional security measures to prevent hackers and malware from gaining control over your account, and the 24/7/365 access that hosting your email in the cloud affords you.
- Promote teamwork. Thanks to productivity tools like Skype and Microsoft Teams; your organization will be able to share ideas, files, and insights all from within the versatile cloud-based platform of Office 365.
- Security first platform. Microsoft has invested massive resources into ensuring the Office 365 platform is as secure as possible. It’s simply not possible for most companies to match this level of security, which is why a cloud-based platform makes so much sense for most companies.
- Access Office 365 across all devices. Whether you’re looking to share data, email or connect with coworkers, Office 365 allows you to collaborate across a myriad of different devices. With apps for mobile phones, tablets, and desktops, you truly can access your Office 365 data from anywhere, at any time, whether you’re in the office or not.
Interested in learning more about Office 2019 and Office 365 as a platform?
At MessageOps, we’re excited to give Office 2019 a try. If you’d like to learn more about any changes that are coming with the latest release of Office, or you’re just interested in the possibility of migrating to Office 365, feel free to reach out to our team today by phone at 877-788-1617 or send us an email through our online contact form.