Office 2007 reaches end of the road as Microsoft urges users to upgrade

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Au revoir Office 2007! Microsoft has officially announced that it is retiring Office 2007. By this it means the software giant will no longer provide support for the software from next Tuesday. The company made this known in an advisory made public on its support page, It therefore advised all users yet to upgrade to very recent version of its Office software to do so or risk getting support.

Like every other product owned by the company, the Office 2007 has reached its lifecycle—10 years to be exact since it was released in 2007. The implication of this is that bug fixes, security fixes, and so on will no longer be available from October 10 2017.

“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,” the Redmond Washington-based software giant said.

Also affected is Outlook 2007, which will no longer be able to connect Office 365 mailboxes. In other words, you will no longer be able to send and receive email emails beyond October 31 this year.

To help you upgrade to the more recent Office 365, the company has made an article available on its support page. However, the company is providing upgrade options to users. These options include Office 365 ProPlus, Office 2016, or to any other version of the productivity suite that still receives regular updates.

Available options include:

  • 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.

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,” Microsoft said.

The Redmond Washington-based tech giant last month announced that it’s integrating LinkedIn profile into Microsoft apps. That means you can now easily grow your LinkedIn network with everyone you collaborate with. To make this absolutely easy, the company is adding Profile Cards to its Office 365 apps. Viewing your contact’s info won’t be the only thing you will be allowed to do with the new integration, you will also be able to add contacts right from within the app.

The announcement is perhaps, the biggest one to be made by Microsoft since it announced it was acquiring LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in 2016. LinkedIn’s primary goal is to connect professionals together—making them more productive and enabling them to maximize their potentials.

Want to upgrade to Office 2016? You can follow this link. While those who want to upgrade to Office 2016 using Office 365 for business can follow this link.


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