After 10 years, Microsoft Office 2007 will be approaching its End of Life on October 10, 2017. Like most Microsoft products, Office 2007 has a support lifecycle in which Microsoft provides support services such as new features, bug fixes, security fixes, and technical support. A typical support life cycle lasts about 10 years from which the product was introduced.
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
Source: Microsoft Support
October 10, 2017, will mark the official End of Life for Microsoft Office 2007. Microsoft will no longer be providing support services for Microsoft Office 2007. Additionally, on October 31, 2017, Outlook 2007 will be unable to connect to Office 365 mailboxes. What this means is that for those users with Outlook 2007 using Office 365, you will not be able to receive and send mail.
On Oct 31, 2017, RPC over HTTP will be deprecated in Exchange Online in favor of MAPI over HTTP, a modern protocol that was launched in May 2014. This change affects you if you’re running Outlook 2007 because it won’t work with MAPI over HTTP. To continue email connectivity, Outlook 2007 customers will have to update to a newer version of Outlook or use Outlook on the web. This change may also affect you if you’re running Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, and Outlook 2010 as you must make sure that the latest cumulative update for the version of Office that you have is installed.
Source: Microsoft Support
I’m using Microsoft Office 2007, What Should I Do?
If you are using Microsoft Office 2007, we would recommend exploring your options of upgrading to Microsoft Office 365 or Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus. Microsoft Office 365 is a subscription-based plan that includes access to Office applications as well as cloud services such as Skype for Business, Exchange Online and OneDrive for Business. Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus comes with many different plans as this is a user-based service for up to 5 PCs or Macs and mobile devices. Whichever route you decide to take, make sure that your computer or device can handle the system requirements for Office 365.
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