On October 10, 2017, Office 2007 will reach End of Life. If you haven’t already begun to upgrade your Office 2007 environment, we recommend you start now.
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 October 10, 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 October 31, 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. For more information, see RPC over HTTP deprecated in Office 365 on October 31, 2017.
Because of the changes listed above, we strongly recommend that you upgrade as soon as possible.
What are my options?
With Office 2007 reaching its End of Life, this is a good time to explore your options and prepare an upgrade plan. You can:
Upgrade to Office 365, 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.
What is 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. It includes the full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access, and Skype for Business installed on your client computers.
Unlike Office 2007, Office 365 is delivered as a service and is a user-based service that allows people to access Office experiences on their PC or Mac and on their mobile devices.