Finally, Microsoft Teams will be introduce into Office 365 ProPlus… Microsoft Teams will be introduced into the;
February Monthly Channel; the
March Semi-Annual Channel Targeted (SAC-T); and
July Semi-Annual Channel (SAC)
But will automatically install Teams when Office 365 ProPlus is installed on new PCs and Macs.
Now the million dollar question, how is it being introduced?
As a Consultant that has delivered and spoke about Office ProPlus for a number of years, I do have concerns about how it’s going to be introduced and here’s why.
Office 365 uses the (CDN) Content Delivery Network for providing updates to all the Office ProPlus products, is it not the case with Microsoft Teams.
The update mechanism is completely different as the client is delivered by good old MSI so this will bring a number of questions and challenges to start;
What version of Office am I running?
What version of Teams am I running?
Does Teams need updating?
I have this weird problem but my colleague doesnt, is it version related?
However, if they integrate Microsoft Teams into the CDN it is definitely the way forward and also allows the customer to exclude Teams in the configuration.xml (if this is a requirement). It is very early days and I am sure more information will be released in due case but until then I am looking forward to see what the future holds as Microsoft have stated “Teams will automatically be installed for users who already have Office 365 ProPlus in the future.” So if you’re not using Microsoft Teams today Microsoft are making damn sure its available to increase adoption.
Microsoft announced in April 2017 that they be ceasing support for legacy Office clients into Office 365 services, however this stance has now changed based on customer feedback to Microsoft
Office 2013 and below will cease as expected on 13th October 2020
Office 2016 will now be extended until October 2023
With this announcement it also includes a number of changes to the supported operating system versions of Windows.
Office 365 ProPlus delivers cloud-connected and always up-to-date versions of the Office desktop apps. To support customers already on Office 365 ProPlus through their operating system transitions, we are updating the Windows system requirements for Office 365 ProPlus and revising some announcements that were made in February. We are pleased to announce the following updates to our Office 365 ProPlus system requirements:
Office 365 ProPlus will continue to be supported on Windows 8.1 through January 2023, which is the end of support date for Windows 8.1.
Office 365 ProPlus will also continue to be supported on Windows Server 2016 until October 2025.
Office 365 Pro Plus will also continue to be supported on Windows 7 (ESU) Extended Security Updates through Janaury 2023. Windows 7 ESU will only be available for Windows 7 Pro/Enterprise customers with Volume Licensing.
Other big news is four changes Microsoft have also announced (Longer support windows for Windows 10):
All currently supported feature updates of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions (versions 1607, 1703, 1709, and 1803) will be supported for 30 months from their original release date. This will give customers on those versions more time for change management as they move to a faster update cycle.
All future feature updates of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions with a targeted release month of September (starting with 1809) will be supported for 30 months from their release date. This will give customers with longer deployment cycles the time they need to plan, test, and deploy.
All future feature updates of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions with a targeted release month of March (starting with 1903) will continue to be supported for 18 months from their release date. This maintains the semi-annual update cadence as our north star and retains the option for customers that want to update twice a year.
All feature releases of Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, and Office 365 ProPlus will continue to be supported for 18 months (this applies to feature updates targeting both March and September).
In summary, our new modern desktop support policies—starting in September 2018—are: