What You Should Know About the Microsoft Office 2007 End of Support

Updated on May 24, 2021

While it’s great to hold onto software as long as it works for your business, there comes a time where every tool reaches its end of life. We’ve discussed what the Windows 7 end of life means for your business, but it’s not the only popular Microsoft product that’s expired.

Microsoft Office 2007 has not been supported by Microsoft since October 10, 2017. That’s ten years after its initial release in January of 2007.

If you’re still using Office 2007 in your company, let’s review what this means for you and your options for upgrading.

End of Life for Office

When Microsoft software reaches the end of its life, it’s effectively a dead product. Thus, since late 2017, Office 2007 hasn’t received any feature updates or security patches. In addition to this, Microsoft doesn’t provide support for questions about Office 2007, or update its online documentation for the product.

While this isn’t as bad as using an unsupported operating system, it still comes with problems. Malicious software (malware) can indeed find its 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. Those still working in Office 2007 could fall victim to attacks, since the software isn’t safe anymore.

In case you’re not aware, the Office suite includes tools like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Project, Publisher, Access, and OneNote.

What Are Your Office Upgrade Options?

Microsoft has released several new versions of Office since 2007, so you have multiple options for upgrading. Office 2013, 2016, and 2019 are all available and will have support for longer than Office 2007. Office 2010, however, is not safe. Its support ended on October 13, 2020.

Office 2013 is already out of mainstream support, but it will have extended support until April 2023. Office 2016’s mainstream support (in which new features are added) ended in October 2020. However, Office 2016 won’t reach its end of life until October 14, 2025.

Meanwhile, Office 2019 is the latest standalone version of Microsoft Office. It will receive mainstream support until October 2023, then reach is end of life in October 2025 on the same day as Office 2016. Office 2021 is slated for release later in 2021.

While you can purchase a license for Office outright, Microsoft pushes a different option. Microsoft 365 is the company’s 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.

The Microsoft 365 Business Standard plan includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, and Publisher, along with OneDrive. If you like, you can also use Microsoft 365 for your company’s email (far better than using personal email accounts).

If you need more, the Microsoft 365 Business Premium plan includes advanced security and device management options.

It doesn’t make much sense to buy Office 2013 now, since it won’t be supported for much longer. Depending on which features you needed, you could purchase Office 2016 or Office 2019 outright to save money, as they carry similar feature sets.

If you want to have the cutting-edge version of Office, look into Microsoft 365. For a set cost, you’re guaranteed to always have the latest Office version and can easily add or remove users. Buying standalone Office 2016 or 2019 means that you’ll have to pay for the next version of Office when it arrives.

See our explanation of Office 2019’s licensing scheme to learn more. If you’re interested in Microsoft 365 for your business, have a look at our page on the service for more information and to contact us for a quote.

Time to Upgrade From Office 2007

You need to upgrade any old copies of Office 2007 still running 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. The latest features from Microsoft 365 apps are split off into the standalone releases like Office 2019.

While Office might not be as important of an upgrade as Windows, it’s still vital that you don’t have old, insecure versions of the program on your company’s computers. Any weak link like this could be targeted by hackers and used against you. Don’t gamble with the security of your company by using insecure software.

And if you choose to go with Microsoft 365, you’ll get access to all sorts of handy collaboration features.

6 thoughts on “What You Should Know About the Microsoft Office 2007 End of Support

  1. I find it ridiculous that people complain about having a piece of software “forever”, as if everything else in life were. If you’re a plumber and you sell your customer some pipes and they corrode after 10 years, will you go out a replace them for free? I doubt it. If you’re a writer and publish a book, would you continue writing updates and corrections to the book forever for free? I doubt it. If you’re a mechanic, do you guarantee your work to last forever? I doubt it.

    A business is a business is a business. Microsoft is in the business of creating productivity applications and need to make money to continue innovating. They have over 150 thousand employees that must be paid; they have investors that they must keep happy; and so on and so forth. The fact that they have a lot of money just means that they are good at what they do. If they weren’t, there’s a sure guarantee that someone else would take their place if they don’t innovate. Remember what happened to IBM when it stopped innovating?

    If you don’t want to pay for software, there’s always open source. Why not give that a try? In some cases, opensource software may even be better than products you pay for. Have you looked at Apache Open Office?

    Just to give you an idea, back in early 2000, when Windows XP was developed, there were about 5,500 people in the team the made it happen. They Windows division had a budget of one billion dollars that got used up in no time to get Windows XP out the door in 18 months. Are you saying you wouldn’t want Microsoft to recoup or make money from an investment like that?

    If you’re business owner, when was the last time you gave away all your know-how for free? Yeah, that’s what I thought..

  2. I too am annoyed at this end of product life. I bought outlook and paid for it for use forever as far as I am concerned but now they decide to stop making it work so it’s useless to me even though I have paid for. I am just an occasional at home user so I don’t want to pay a monthly fee to get access to it same goes for Word etc. I just send the odd email but now I find the POP system doesnt work so I now have to go back to using my regular platform email supplier. Not fair.
    I don’t mind not getting help or updates as long as I can just send the emails as I always have but that isn’t the case they have stopped the programme from working altogether.

  3. So effectively, Microsoft sold me a product that was faulty ( it was succeptible to a virus. ) and at its whim …not in the licence agreement, decides to disable said product. I have always been of the understanding that if you purchase anything, software included, that it belongs to you for your use. So…..? What gives them the right to take back that product, unless they want to return the money that I paid for it.

    1. Hey Mark,

      Yes, it can be frustrating when a product is no longer being updated. To clarify, this doesn’t mean you can’t use it anymore, it just means that it’s going to be risky to do so because Microsoft will no longer do security updates for it. This would be like a cell phone maker like Apple and Samsung no longer releasing updates for old models. There comes a time when the manufacturer is unwilling to devote resources to old products. There’s a case that if they ever produced it they should keep updating it. On the other hand, if they do that, the pace of innovation would be less as more resources are devoted to maintaining old systems. Since maintaining old systems doesn’t give them much competitive advantage, most manufacturers chose a date to stop supporting them.

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