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      • #2298550 Reply
        Alex5723
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        Microsoft Office will also see a new perpetual release for both Windows and Mac, in the second half of 2021.

        We will share additional details around the official names, pricing and availability of all these products later.

        https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/exchange-team-blog/exchange-news-and-announcements-microsoft-ignite-2020-edition/ba-p/1662224

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      • #2298603 Reply
        OscarCP
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        IT says there: “Microsoft Office will also see a new perpetual release for both Windows and Mac, in the second half of 2021.

        We will share additional details around the official names, pricing and availability of all these products later.

        That is all it says there about Office. To me, this raises these questions: Has there been already another perpetual release of Office? Is a “perpetual release” one that will be supported for ever as long as MS exists? If so, will it be “a service” that one keeps on paying to renew the lease every year “for ever”? Will it be “in the Cloud”, or installed in one’s machine, or one gets to choose?

        Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS Mojave + Linux (Mint)

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        • #2298606 Reply
          PKCano
          Da Boss

          The perpetual version is installed on the individual machine and IS NOT Click-to-Run/subscription. It is like the Office  2010 or 2016 you have installed on your machine (supposedly).

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        • #2298607 Reply
          Microfix
          AskWoody MVP

          IOW it’s a STANDALONE version.
          More info: on Ghacks.net

          Win8.1 Pro | Linux Hybrids | Win7 Pro O/L | WinXP O/L
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      • #2298614 Reply
        lmacri
        AskWoody Plus

        Hi Alex5723:

        Thanks for the heads up. I kept hearing that my MS Office 2019 was the final “perpetual” version of MS Office (where MS defines perpetual as pay once instead of a monthly/annual subscription) so it’s nice to know MS has changed their mind.

        Has there been already another perpetual release of Office? Is a “perpetual release” one that will be supported for ever as long as MS exists? If so, will it be “a service” that one keeps on paying to renew the lease every year?

        According to the product lifecycle page at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/products/microsoft-office-2019 I’ll continue to get security updates for my MS Office 2019 product until it reaches end of extended support on 14-Oct-2025.  If MS Office 2019 is like previous perpetual Office products I’ve owned it will continue to run correctly after that date as long as I’m willing to risk using a product that isn’t patched with the latest security updates.  I have a single device license for MS Office 2019 and as far as I know the only catch is that I might have problems if I purchase a new computer after 14-Oct-2025 and want to transfer / reinstall MS Office 2019 on that new computer.
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        64-bit Win 10 Pro v1909 build 18363.1016 * MS Office Home and Business 2019 v2008 build 13127.20408 Click-to-Run

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        • #2298617 Reply
          PKCano
          Da Boss

          To “officially” remove it from one PC and transfer it to another, you have to use MS’s removal tool and also remove it from your MS ID online. At leaset that’s the way it works now. And the manual removal is a PITA if you don’t run their script. (been there, done that)

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          • #2298692 Reply
            OscarCP
            AskWoody Plus

            PK: Am I right in thinking that this also means that if one were to stay with, let’s say, Office 2016 after it goes out of support next month, then the day one has to have Office in a new machine is the day when, whether first removing or not the license for the now out-of-support Office 2016, one is no longer able to install it anywhere else? Which would be more than just a PITA. Then one would have no choice but to buy whatever MS may be offering under the name of “Office.” Or move to anther world where nobody ever used Office, so one does not need to make one’s presentations, reports, etc. using Office to avoid awkward problems (LibreOffice, for example, is not always a substitute for Office in such cases).

            Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS Mojave + Linux (Mint)

            • #2298695 Reply
              PKCano
              Da Boss

              You have to read your license.
              If it is for ONE computer, then you have t uninstall it from the original to reinstall it on another machine.
              Office 2016 won’t stop working because of EOS.
              And if you follow the procedure, it will reactivate on the machine you move it to after EOS.
              It’s just that it will no longer get updates – that’s all it means.

              I’m still running Office 2003 on some of my OLD hardware, and it still opens .doc, .xls, etc.

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              • #2298699 Reply
                OscarCP
                AskWoody Plus

                Thanks, PK. One more question on something that has never been clear to me:

                After one removes the license, is still possible to use the old “Office” in the machine where it was installed, if one: (a) wusses out and does not install the latest version after all, for whatever reason, or (b) goes ahead and installs the new one in the same machine?

                Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS Mojave + Linux (Mint)

              • #2298701 Reply
                PKCano
                Da Boss

                When you go through the uninstall procedure Office is UNINSTALLED. If you use their script, it is GONE. You can’t use something that is not there. If you want to continue to use it, you have to reinstall and reactivate it. There is no removing just the license like you remove a license plate from you car.

                If you have a single licensed copy of Office, it can be (legally) installed on only one machine at any given time.

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