On October 10, 2017, Office 2007 will reach End of Life. If you haven’t already begun to upgrade your Office 2007 environment, we recommend you start now. It is high time. Being Microsoft Certified Partner, Network It Easy can provide useful deployment benefits for cloud migrations and for on-premises upgrades.
So what does End of Life mean?
Office 2007, like almost all Microsoft products, has a support lifecycle during which company provides new features, bug fixes, security fixes, and so on. Such a lifecycle typically lasts for 10 years from the date of the product’s initial release, and the end of this lifecycle is known as the product’s End of Life. When Office 2007 reaches its End of Life on October 10, 2017, Microsoft will no longer provide:
- Technical support for issues
- Bug fixes for issues that are discovered
- Security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered
In addition, as of October 31, 2017, Outlook 2007 will be unable to connect to Office 365 mailboxes, which means Outlook 2007 clients using Office 365 will not be able to receive and send mail. Because of the changes listed above, we strongly recommend that you upgrade as soon as possible.
This is a good time to explore your options and prepare an upgrade plan. You can:
- Upgrade to Office 365 ProPlus, the subscription version of Office that comes with many Office 365 plans.
- Upgrade to Office 2016, which is sold as a one-time purchase and available for one computer per license.
- Upgrade to an earlier version of Office, such as Office 2013.
If you think you cannot manage that process on your own, contact us and will be happy to help. In our next post, we’ll show you what Office 365 ProPlus is, so stay tuned.