Microsoft Ends Extended Support for Office 2007
Although investment in software for your business can be costly, upgrades are a fact of life. And when Microsoft ceases extended support for a product, it is effectively dead and businesses must look at options for replacing it. This is now the case for Office 2007 so it's time to consider migrating to the latest version of the Office suite.
What does end of life mean?
Office 2007 reached the end of its support lifecycle on 10th October 2017. This means there are no new security updates, non-security updates, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates. It doesn't mean that the product will stop working but businesses still using it will leave themselves open to increased risk of security breaches (as security flaws are no longer patched) and the chance that the software will no longer be compatible with future updates of the Windows or Mac Operating Systems.
What are the options?
Microsoft has released several new versions of Office since 2007. Office 2010, 2013, and 2016 are all available and will continue to receive support. Office 2010 will receive support until 2020 and the latest version, Office 2016, will see mainstream support (in which new features are added) until that same date. Office 2016 won't reach its end of life until 2025. So you could just buy licenses for these products outright and carry on as you are.
The second option is to buy in to Microsoft's Office 365 offering. For a monthly payment, all of your business PCs will be able to download and install the latest version of Microsoft Office and keep them updated whenever a newer version is released. This means that you will stay well ahead of the lifecycle curve and also benefit from the latest product features as soon as they are released.
If you are running an on-premis Exchange server for your email or running email through your web hosting company then Office 365 (depending on package) also comes with a secure and robust hosted exchange set-up for you to migrate to. This really does offer, pretty much, hassle-free software and email management for your business.
The third option is to migrate away from the Office products completely and look at alternatives such as OpenOffice, and open source project that relies on community support for users and bug/security fixes, or an online product such as Google's G-Suite offering where the software is hosted remotely and accessed through a web browser.
If you are interested in discussing these options with one of our technical support team then please contact us today for a no-obligation chat.