Its official, Microsoft will no longer support Office 365 applications running on a Windows Server 2022.
Yes, you heard correctly! You will not be able to run full-blown Word, Excel, Outlook or PowerPoint on your beloved remote desktop / Citrix environments.
You can install Windows 2019 and have Office running (supported) until October 2025, but after this period of time it will be officially unsupportable.
This marks the beginning of the end of delivering Office to your end users using the traditional method of RDS / Citrix, especially if you deliver a desktop environment.
You may ask: What do Microsoft expect us to do? Do they have no comprehension of what any Office-aware applications need to fully function? Do they believe that all clients are now running on a pure SaaS model
Fear not! At Fusion, we have been following this move and have ensured that we can continue to offer a solution, should you want to host your own compute, move into a private cloud – or even the public cloud.
What do I do for the moment?
- Wait for Microsoft to U-turn! Though this could be highly risky, especially if they leave it to the 11th hour. This is big and will create lots of noise, and I would be surprised if Microsoft do rethink their position on this. There is method in their madness and other technologies are available to replace what we have achieved with thin clients over the past 27 years since Winframe hit the shelves.
- Think hard before you sign up for any RDS / Citrix licenses that you need to deliver Office applications and ensure longevity past the October 2025 date. Most firms we deal with like to see at least around four years ROI on any current day expenditure.
- Buy cloud centric. Any applications you buy – ensure they can be delivered directly from the desktop. We acknowledge this isn’t always possible and many of the best business applications out in the field still need some server compute or a backend DB to serve them. At Fusion, as experts in all things Legal, the industry is littered with such applications, some of which we developed before thin client was even a thing.
- Join Fusion at our webinar next month to discuss your options and delve further into the various solution going forward you have. We will be delivering the webinar from the perspective of IT Manager / Director to Supplier, with open questions at the end. It will be presented by myself and our CTO, James Robinson. Click here to sign up