1. On 10 October 2017, Office 2007 will reach End of Life.
  2. On 31 October 2017, Outlook 2007 will also reach End of Life and be unable to connect to Office 365 mailboxes.

For help upgrading your Office 2007 environment, call us on 01604 655900. As a Microsoft Certified Partner, including cloud migrations, we can guide you through your options.

What does End of Life mean?

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. When Office 2007 reaches its End of Life on 10 October 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 31 October 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.

Is it time to upgrade to Office 365?

With Office 2007 reaching its End of Life, this is a good time to explore your options and prepare an upgrade plan. Have you considered upgrading to Office 365?  

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.

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.

Your assessment of these components will influence how you want to upgrade.

To find out more about upgrading from Office 2007, contact your local Microsoft Partner IT Services team at Paradise Computing on 01604 655900 or request a review on our Contact Us page.

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