Microsoft to tighten screws on traditional Office, Gartner predicts

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Microsoft will continue to pressure businesses to adopt Office 365, said a pair of Gartner analysts, by barring all but subscribers from accessing Office 365’s online services.

The restriction will go into effect in about two-and-a-half years, said Gartner analysts Michael Silver and Stephen Kleynhans, who authored a for-clients-only report in April.

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Their forecast was couched as an assumption that enterprises should build into their IT planning and budgeting. “By YE20 [year-end 2020], it [Microsoft] will announce that only Office 365 ProPlus will be supported for accessing Office 365 online services,”

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