This week’s news headlines has given some good information to the users who are still using the Office 2007. The news is that Microsoft is moving into the “Extended” support period, allowing the users a time-period of three more months to switch from their current Office 2007’s apps to the latest suite like Office 2016 or others.
Microsoft stated that Office 2007 users will no longer get company assisted technical support such as phone consultations or troubleshooting nor the packages for security issues, after its support expiry date that is October 10.
Earlier, Microsoft decided to end the Office 2007 support in April. However, directions on Microsoft’s managing vice president, Rob Helm estimated that Office 2007 has already provided with an extension of six months from the Microsoft’s side in 2012.Hence, now the Office 2007 moves to Extended on 9th October, 2012, from the originally set “Extended” support period on April 9 instead.
The reason for extending this time is the condition in the company’s support policy that guarantees minimum two years of “mainstream” support even after the release of product’s new version (version 2010 here. Hence, now the extended support for Office 2007 will end on 10th October 2017.Microsoft on its official website has provided a complete list of all the components of Office 2007 that will expire on October 10.
There are two types of support provided by the Microsoft:
- “Mainstream” – This is the period in which users are provided with the updates whether for the product’s security purpose or any other purpose completely free of cost and on regular basis.
- “Extended” – After exiting the ‘mainstream’ support period the device will enter this support period, which also provides the product’s security updates for free, but for most of the other updates it asks for the payment from the users.
How “Office 2007” will work after the support ends?
There are different cases, answering the above questions, in some of them Office 2007’s applications continue to work even after the support expires, but with the risk of being getting harmed by the malicious software that enters or attacks the devices. Whereas in some other, the apps are not able to work at all after the support’s expiry date that is Oct 10. Hence, the users must upgrade to Office 2010 or other future versions to receive the updates after October 10.
Microsoft said that Outlook 2007 will not be able to connect to Office 365 mailboxes after 31st October 2017 resulting in blocking the transmission and reception of the mail for the Outlook 2007 clients using Office 365.
Here, the Office 365 rent-not-own subscription program and the Office 2016 applications that come with most enterprise- and business-grade plans are recommended by the Microsoft. Moreover, a sub-site especially for Office 2007 to deliver information on upgrade paths, links to the detailed switching instructions and more is also designs by the firm.
That’s all for the Office 2007 users. Hope, you’ll get all the required information regarding Office 2007, switching to Office 2016, etc. from this article. But, if you still faces the issue related to the updates, installation, and activation of the successor versions, etc.