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Plan and Budget for Short Windows and Office Support Cycles Based on Microsoft's February 2018 Announcements

Published: 13 April 2018

ID: G00353138

Analyst(s): Michael Silver , Stephen Kleynhans


Microsoft has temporarily extended some Windows 10 support, reduced support for the next version of Office and limited scenarios in which Office 365 ProPlus can be used. I&O leaders must continue to improve processes to ensure secure endpoints as Microsoft demands a faster rate of change.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Microsoft Reaffirms Commitment to 18-Month Support for Windows 10 Feature Updates and Provides Short-term Extensions for Windows 10 Enterprise or Education
  • Reduced Support for the Traditional Edition of Office 2019 Means That Support for Office 2016 and Office 2019 Will End at the Same Time
  • Changes to Office 365 ProPlus Requirements May Require Organizations That License Office 365 to Also License the Traditional Edition of Office

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