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Microsoft today announced that it is planning some major changes to the Office 365 System Requirements for the Office Client connectivity. From October 13th 2020, Office 365 will allow Office Client Connectivity from subscription clients or Office 365 Pro Plus or Office Perpetual Clients within mainstream support to connect to Office 365 services.

Microsoft has said that it is giving IT more than 3 years of advance notice to plan, and budget themselves for this change. Until then clients on Office 2010, Office 2013 and Office 2016 will be able to connect to Office 365 services.

Microsoft also confirmed that for Office 365 users who are not willing to move to the cloud by 2020, the company plans to support connections from Office perpetual in mainstream support. This change, the company says will be applicable only to Office 365 commercial services like Office Perpetual clients connecting to on premises servers or any consumer services.