Microsoft Distributes Office Long Term Service Channel for Cloud Refuseniks • The Register
Microsoft reluctantly admitted that not everyone will want to access their cloud with the Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) version of their Office cash cow.
Earlier this year, the Windows giant announced it was reducing the duration of support. Customers would not enjoy a delight for a decade. Instead, the support would only last for five years, according to Windows.
The release of this perpetual version is intended for commercial and government customers. The consumer version, Office 2021, will arrive on October 5 and will likely be drowned out by users realizing that their PCs won’t be running the latest version of Windows from Microsoft because OEMs want the sauce train to keep rolling stricter hardware requirements aimed at improving the user experience.
While Microsoft was not shy about discussing the benefits of the cloud in its article, he admitted, “We also know that some customers are not ready to migrate to the cloud.”
Indeed, they are not. Regulated environments cannot handle the frequency of Microsoft updates, and not all devices can be connected to the Internet. For these scenarios, there is the “locked in time” version of the productivity suite.
Microsoft added that it was not to be the last in the LTSC line, although it remains keen for customers to switch to Microsoft 365.
Incidentally, the Windows maker is currently being sued in UK courts for its licensing practices. UK-based perpetual license reseller ValueLicensing alleged that Microsoft urged customers to forgo perpetual licenses in favor of Microsoft 365 subscriptions through certain clearly anti-competitive contract terms.
Still, for businesses that don’t care about Microsoft’s cloud and just want to pay once, the LTSC edition is still an option. Although the support will not last as long as it used to. ®