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Microsoft Office 2007 – End of Life

Microsoft Office 2007 - End Of Life

Microsoft Office 365 Is End Of Life

The importance of making sure you have the latest updates installed on your hardware has been highlighted recently by the growing number of cyber attacks. 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.

 

What does End of Life mean?

Office 2007, like almost all Microsoft products, has a support lifecycle during which new features, bug fixes, security fixes, and so on are provided . 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. 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. For more information, see RPC over HTTP deprecated in Office 365 on October 31, 2017.

 

What are my options?

With Office 2007 reaching its End of Life, 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.

 

What is Office 365? What is Office 365 ProPlus?

Office 365 refers to subscription plans that include access to Office applications and other cloud services, including Skype for Business, Exchange Online, and OneDrive for Business. Office 365 ProPlus is the version of Office that comes with many Office 365 plans. It includes the full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access, and Skype for Business installed on your client computers.

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.

 

Review what’s changed since Office 2007

To learn about the changes from Office 2007 to Office 365 ProPlus, review the update articles for each of the Office releases: Changes in Office 2010Changes in Office 2013Changes in Office 2016 for Windows, and What’s new to help admins deploy and manage Office 365 ProPlus.

For information about the new features available in Office 365 ProPlus, see What’s new in Office 365.

 

Assess your infrastructure and environment

To decide how to upgrade to Office, you should evaluate your infrastructure and environment, including the following:

  • Number and distribution of your clients, including required languages.
  • IT infrastructure, including operating systems, mobile device support, user permissions and management, and software distribution methods.
  • Network infrastructure, including connections to the Internet and internal software distribution points.
  • Cloud infrastructure, including existing Office 365 capabilities, user licensing, and identity.

 

We can remove the stress of making sure these updates are in place. We use our expertise every day to help business across Ireland migrate to the latest Microsoft Solutions available. For more information on this issue or to request a call back from a member of our team contact Itomic today on 1850 88 77 22.

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