Sunday April 23, 2017

Microsoft Will Cut Services to Standalone Office Users so They’ll Subscribe to Office 365

Standalone versions of Office are getting neutered a wee bit to make the subscription version more appealing: after Oct. 13, 2020, OneDrive and Skype for business will only continue to function for the latter. I don’t think these enterprise versions are relied on all that much, but this could be the start of more and more features being taken away from the perpetual versions of Office. Microsoft’s reasoning is security and feature compatibility.

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آ…consumers who have already purchased "perpetual"آ—i.e., standaloneآ—versions of Office, such as Office 2010, Office 2013, and Office 2016, would be cut off from accessing the business versions of OneDrive and Skype after mainstream support expires. Those who have purchases those Office suites will be allowed to connect until Oct. 13, 2020آ—the day mainstream support ends for Office 2016, and the day the new support policy kicks in.