“Starting October 13, 2020, it will be necessary to have Office 365 ProPlus or Office perpetual in mainstream support to connect to Office 365 services. Office 365 ProPlus will deliver the best experience, but for customers who aren’t ready to move to the cloud by 2020, we will also support connections from Office perpetual in mainstream support at that time (Office 2016 and Office 2019).”
– Ron Markezich, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365
What does this mean for your business?
If you currently have Microsoft Office 2010, 2013 or later versions as of October 13, 2020 Microsoft will no longer support your version. What does that mean for you?
1. Customers will face an increased security risk, and may find themselves out of compliance depending on specific regional or industry requirements. Security updates and patches will no longer be deployed, exposing vulnerabilities for unauthorized users to leverage. This is a common practice used by hackers to gain access to your environment and gather information to sell or hold hostage.
2. Microsoft Technical Support will not be able to assist with problems caused by compatibility issues.
3. When Microsoft updates plugins or features your version of Office may no longer be compatible. This will cause work flow road bumps hindering employee’s productivity.
What are your options?
1. Upgrade to Office 365 ProPlus.
2. Upgrade to a compatible perpetual version of Office.