Microsoft will officially retire Office 2007 next week, so customers who are still running this version of the productivity suite are recommended to at least start planning the upgrade to a newer release.
Without support, Office 2007 will no longer receive technical support for issues, bug fixes, and security fixes for the vulnerabilities that are discovered, Microsoft warns in an advisory published on its support page.
Furthermore, the company explains that starting with October 31, Outlook 2007 will no longer be able to connect to Office 365 mailboxes, so sending and receiving emails won’t be possible beyond this date.
“Office 2007, like almost all Microsoft products, has a support lifecycle during which we provide new features, bug fixes, security fixes, and so on. This 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,” Microsoft explains.
The software giant says customers who are still running Office 2007 are recommended to upgrade to Office 365 ProPlus, Office 2016, or to pretty much any other version of the productivity suite that still receives updates.
Office 2013, for instance, is still getting updates, but Microsoft advises users to switch to the latest release of the suite because this one guarantees the longest support. And obviously, Redmond says Office 365 is the best option because it’s offered as a service that’s always running the latest versions and patches without the need for keeping an eye on end of support.
“Unlike Office 2007, Office 365 ProPlus is a user-based service that allows people to access Office experiences on up to 5 PCs or Macs and on their mobile devices. Because Office 365 ProPlus is a delivered as a service, there are differences in how you deploy, license, and activate it,” Microsoft says.
October 10 also marks this month’s Patch Tuesday cycle, so in addition to Office 2007 updates, other patches are also expected, including cumulative updates for Windows 10.