Office 365 ProPlus will no longer be supported on the new Windows Server 2019 RDS!!

Yes – you read it alright!

What reasons Microsoft had in their heads, when stating this, is to me, unclear 🙁

Here are some articles about it:

Greymatter:
https://www.greymatter.com/corporate/news/microsoft-drop-office-365-proplus-support-windows-server-2019-rdsh/

Compares/SoftwareOne:
https://comparex.com/en/blog/all-articles/2019/01/17/microsoft-office-365-proplus-on-windows-server-2019

Office 365 UserVoice:
https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/264636-general/suggestions/35642482-office-365-support-for-windows-server-2019?page=1&per_page=20

What to do?? (Greymatter):

  • Run Windows Server 2016 (or a prior version until its support end date) rather than Windows Server 2019, Microsoft have extended Office 365 ProPlus support on Windows Server 2016 until October 2025, from January 2020.
  • Use Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) on Azure which offers multi-user Windows 10 session capabilities and will support Office 365 natively, this is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2019.
  • For companies using Microsoft products to deliver its hosted Software Services to customers you can use Office ProPlus licensed under Microsoft SPLA, other licensing agreements don’t permit installation of Office on shared 3rd party cloud VMs
  • Run Office locally on the users’ PCs rather than on Windows Server 2019 RDSH.

Hooray – NOT!!….

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