Important upcoming end of support dates for Office products

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Support for several Microsoft Office products is coming to an end in the next months. Continuing to use a product after support ends can expose your organization to security risks, productivity loss, and compliance failures.

 

Please review the following list and act before the product’s end-of-support date:

 

  • Office 2013 reaches end of support on April 11, 2023. This means Office 2013 will no longer receive security updates, bug fixes, technical support, or online technical content support.
  • Office 2019 for Mac reaches end of support on October 10, 2023. The same risks that affect Office 2013 after support ends apply to Office 2019 for Mac.
  • Connecting Office 2016 and Office 2019 to Microsoft 365 reaches end of support on October 10, 2023. After this end date, these Office versions may still be able to connect to Microsoft 365, but those connections won’t be supported and could experience performance or reliability issues over time. After October 10, 2023, improvements to Microsoft 365 services will no longer be tested with these Office versions. Read our Microsoft Learn article to learn more about connecting Office to Microsoft 365 services.

 

Important: Microsoft has no plans to offer the Extended Security Update (ESU) program for any of the products listed in this article.

 

Office 2013 and Office 2019 for Mac follow the Fixed Lifecycle Policy, which offers five years of Mainstream Support and, in the case of Office 2013, another five years of Extended Support. Support for Fixed Policy products expires on a set timeline.

 

Products and services, like Microsoft 365 and Microsoft 365 Apps, follow the Modern Lifecycle Policy. As long as device configurations stay current on servicing and system requirements, Modern Policy products are continuously supported. There is no set end date for support of Modern Policy products.

 

To avoid potential security, productivity, and compliance risks, we recommend upgrading to Microsoft 365 E3. That solution comes with Microsoft 365 Apps, which falls under the Modern Policy—so, it’s continuously supported—and includes all the apps you are familiar with (e.g.: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.).

 

Transitioning to Microsoft 365 has numerous business benefits, such as improved collaboration and communication, reduced user downtime, improved security, and compliance, among others, and allows organizations to remain supported. Upgrading to the always up-to-date Microsoft 365 E3 is easy. Here are some resources to help plan the move:

 

 

We understand that some devices might not be ready to move the cloud. In our commitment to supporting all customers, we launched Office Long-Term Servicing Channel 2021 (LTSC). This version of Office was designed for devices that can’t accept feature updates or connect to the Internet. Note that only Mainstream Support applies to Office LTSC 2021 and ends on October 13, 2026.

 

Please visit our Office End of Support community for more information and resources about end of support for Office.

 

Thanks again for being a Microsoft customer!

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