If you’re still running Office 2007 you don’t have long to update before it reaches its end of life cycle meaning, you’ll lose critical support and mailbox access. At Superfast IT we’ve been helping our clients with Office support for several years with advice on when and how to update. Our guide will show you everything you need to know about Microsoft ending support for Office 2007.
When does support end for Office 2007?
Initially released in January 2007, Office 2007 has been supported for over a decade. Mainstream support for the productivity software ended in October 2012, but Microsoft did continue extended support. That extended support is now set to end. On October 10th 2017 Microsoft will stop supporting Office 2007.
What happens when support for Office 2007 ends?
It’s not just a case of there won’t be any technical assistance post the October date you won’t be able to use some critical features of Office 2007.
- Technical support for issues will no longer get supported by Microsoft
- Bug fixes for issues that get released won’t be available to you
- Security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered won’t available
As well as the technical support and fixes you also won’t be able to connect to an Office 365 mailbox. This means after October 31st, 2017 you will not be able to send or receive any e-mails if you’re using an Office 365 mailbox on Office 2007.
Why you need to update from Office 2007
If you’re running Office 2007, you may look at the above changes and not be too worried about them especially if you don’t use an Office 365 mailbox. You may have never used the technical support, but you will have 100% installed a bug or security fix.
You only have to look at the damage the WannaCry ransomware attacks did in May 2017 to see how important updates are. The attacks found vulnerabilities in unsupported Windows XP and unpatched Windows 7 machines to encrypt users data.
Without any further updates or security patches the chance of you suffering from a cyber-attack increases dramatically. If you don’t update to a more recent version of Office, you’re putting your data and files at risk.
What does Microsoft suggest to do?
Obviously, the first thing they want you to do is to upgrade to a more recent version of Office. Preferably Office 2016 which is a one-time purchase for one license per computer. Microsoft usually offers a decade of support when a version of Office is released.
If you’re still using Office 2007, you need to update before the October deadline. Not only will you lose mailbox access but you won’t be able to install critical updates and fixes leaving your computer at risk.