Office 2007’s support officially ended last October 10, 2017. This doesn’t mean that you will lose all your Office 2007 apps, nor will you lose any of your data associated with Office 2007. Then what exactly does this mean then? One big issue from discontinued support would be security; with no support, you could be exposing yourself to huge security risks. Below are what you will be losing with the end of support:
- You’ll no longer receive Office 2007 software updates from Microsoft Update.
- You’ll no longer receive security updates. Security updates are what help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
- You’ll no longer receive phone or chat technical support.
- No further updates to support content will be provided. In fact, most online help content will be retired.
- You’ll no longer be able to download Office 2007 from the Microsoft web site.
Even though Office 2007 is still usable, you may want to consider upgrading to a newer version in lieu with the above benefits that you will be losing. Below are the upgrades you can consider:
- Upgrading to Office 365 – the subscription version of Office that comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other apps, depending on the plan you choose. With Office 365, the apps are available on your computer for up to 5 users and via browser; one subscription enables you to use them on both your PC and Mac.
- Upgrading to Office 2016 – Office 2016 is a one-time purchase (not a subscription) for installation on one computer only.