Microsoft to add new Windows 10 Home editions to its line-up

Krales  The Verge

Krales The Verge

This means that only Windows 10 and Windows 10S users will be able to use the latest and greatest Office tools. The firm announced some changes to Office and Windows servicing and support recently.

No details about what's coming with the next LTSC release were provided but Microsoft curiously explained that "this new release will also add support for the latest generations of processors, per the standard silicon support policy".

However before you get up in arms over this decision, this only applies to the standalone copy of Office 2019, as opposed to the version that will come with the Office 365 subscription.

Windows 10 now runs on 42.78% PCs which is slightly higher than the 41.86% market share of Windows 7.

The fact that Windows 7 still runs on that many PCs shows many people didn't fell for Microsoft's free upgrade gimmick to put Windows 10 everywhere they could.

When it comes to SKUs offered to OEMs for installing Windows 10, they have six different options for Commerical/EDU customers. Later this year, Microsoft will deliver new Remote Desktop and desktop virtualization capabilities within the SAC release cadence of Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows Server. Microsoft Store is slowly populating with more and more modern UWP apps, a no-show in Windows 7.

Furthermore, a report has made its way on the internet suggesting Microsoft is working on new version of Win 10 codenamed "Polaris".

Presumably, the old end-of-support dates remain the same for Windows 10 Pro and Home edition users. Also judging by the end of extended support of Office 2019, we should expect it being released around October, but we have to wait and see.

In other words, this is another sizeable shove for those who have yet to upgrade to Windows 10, and a further reminder that Microsoft's focus is moving away from its older desktop operating systems.

It seems organizations are still having problems adjusting to Microsoft's faster release cycles with Windows 10. It doesn't handle high-resolution displays (or multiple-monitors) very well, there's no built-in support for things like fingerprint readers or Windows Hello facial recognition, and trying to use a touchscreen on something running Windows 7 could be considered a form of cruel and unusual punishment.

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