After Windows Vista, Microsoft's Also Retiring Office 2007 Later This Year
2017 is quite a big year for Microsoft customers, as the company is discontinuing several products, including the operating-system-that-nobody-uses Windows Vista.
As we’ve told you already, Windows Vista is set to be retired next month, with the last updates to be released on April 11 when the company “celebrates” the next Patch Tuesday. Windows Vista will thus become an unsupported product and all users who continue running it on their systems will be exposed to attacks due to vulnerabilities that will no longer be patched.
But in addition to Windows Vista, Microsoft is also projected to retire another widely-used piece of software: the Office 2007 productivity suite.
As Myce noted, Office 2007 support comes to an end on October 10, 2017, along with a series of other products, including Dynamics GP 10 and SL 7, Sharepoint Server 2007, Office Visio 2007, and Virtual PC 2007.
“There will be no new security updates, non-security updates, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates,” Microsoft explains.
"Products transitioning to extended support"
In addition to products that are being retired this year, Microsoft is also moving some other from mainstream to extended support, including the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 suite and Windows Phone 8.1.
“Extended Support lasts for a minimum of 5 years and includes security updates at no cost, and paid non-security updates and support. Additionally, Microsoft will not accept requests for design changes or new features during the Extended Support phase,” Redmond explains.
It goes without saying that users whose products are reaching end of support should transition to new software that continues getting updates and security patches, while those who are going into mainstream support should already start planning in advance and prepare the transition to supported solutions.
At this point, the latest versions of Windows, Office, and Windows Phone are Windows 10, Office 2016, and Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update, respectively.
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