Office 2007 Expiring – What To Do Now
On October 10, 2017, Office 2007 will reach End of Life, which means the software is being retired and no longer supported.
Unsupported software does not receive security updates and leaves you open to viruses, malware and breaches.
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.
If you haven’t already begun to upgrade your Office 2007 environment, we recommend you start now.
This video shows just how much our day to day work processes have changes since 2007. Gone are the days of flip phones and working alone and emailing documents for revision. Today it’s all about collaboration, live co-authoring or editing and the cloud tools that are integral to teams.
What are my Office 2007 upgrade options?
With Office 2007 reaching its End of Life, this is a good time to undertake IT Upgrades. You can:
- Upgrade to Office 365 in the cloud which is sold as a monthly subscription.
- Upgrade to Office 2016, which is sold as a one-time purchase and available for one computer per license.
- Upgrade to another version of Office, such as Office 2013.
What is Office 365 in the cloud?
Unlike standalone software programs like Office 2007, Office 365 is a cloud service or Software As A Service (SaaS), which means the servers to run it are managed by Microsoft, and you always get the most up to date version of the software. You never have to “upgrade” it again. Your Office 365 cloud subscription comes with your favourite software- Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more – and you can install the software on up to 5 of your devices, including your tablet or smartphone, so you always have access to everything you need, from everywhere.
Monthly subscription fees vary depending on the plan you choose, but these are the 2 most popular plans chosen by the small business teams we support.
Office 365 Business Essentials
- Online version of Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Unlimited online meetings, IM, HD video conferencing & Skype For Business
- Billed Annually
Office 365 Business Premium
- Fully installed version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher & OneNote on up to 5 devices
- Office on up to 5 tablets & smartphones
- Billed annually
Will I need to upgrade my computer to use Office 365?
If you are still running Office 2007, you may also be running a very old computer. Both Office 365 in the cloud and Office 2016 stand alone software are designed to work with the latest version of Office which is Office 2016 for PC, and Office 2016 for Mac. Office 2011 for Mac is also coming to end of mainstream support in October 2017. You can still use it but may need to upgrade in the next year or two, so Office 2016 for Mac may be a wiser investment today. Office 2010 may work with Office 365 but you may have some reduced functionality. Talk to your IT Consulting Professional about your specific needs.
Exchange Server & SharePoint 2007
If you are running Exchange Server 2007 or SharePoint 2007, these products are also coming to end of life this year and you will need to upgrade. Talk to your IT Provider today to begin planning your IT improvements before end of life. Planning ahead allows you to better budget, reduces stress to your team, and ensures you are not clamouring for help at the last minute when your IT Providers may be overwhelmed with demands from procrastinators.
Office 2007 Upgrades in Toronto
Do you want help from a friendly, knowledgeable IT Support Company in Toronto? We’re happy to help. Our network architects have been designing, building and upgrading computer networks since 2003. We work with small business in Toronto with up to 25 employees and we can take care of your IT Upgrades from start to finish.
Call +1 416 292 3300 or email us now.