Microsoft Office 2007 is no longer supported by Microsoft after October 10th, 2017.
In case you’re not aware, the Office suite includes tools like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Project, Publisher, Access, and OneNote.
What does this mean if you are still using Office 2007?
When Microsoft software reaches end of life status its effectively a dead product. It will no longer receive any updates, including new features and security patches.
While this isn’t as bad as using an unsupported operating system(hopefully you’re not still using Windows XP), it still comes with problems. Malware and Viruses can find their way onto computer via Office exploits.
Once Microsoft isn’t providing security patches anymore, hackers can analyze the software for vulnerabilities without fear of them being fixed. By continuing to work on Office 2007 you could fall victim to attacks since the software isn’t safe anymore.
In addition to this, Microsoft won’t provide support for questions about Office 2007, or update its online documentation for the product.
What are your options moving forward?
It’s a good idea to start upgrading any old copies of Office 2007 in your business now. Aside from the security enhancements, newer versions of Office are better in several ways. They feature better templates for document creation, more features, and user-friendly enhancements. If Microsoft comes up with an exciting new feature, you’ll see it in Office 2016, not 2007.
While you can purchase a license for Office outright, Microsoft pushes a different option. Office 365 is their subscription plan which has several tiers. For a set cost per user per month, you can purchase a subscription that includes access to all the latest Office apps.
If you need help planning what you are going to do moving forward feel free to touch base on 0403 386 127 or [email protected]