Microsoft Office 2013 near the end of support, what to do?

Microsoft Office 2013 near the end of support, what to do?

Microsoft Office 2013 near the end of support

Microsoft has recently reminded its users that Microsoft Office 2013 will no longer be supported starting April 11, 2023. As a result, this version of the Productivity Pack will no longer receive security updates and, therefore, will be more exposed to possible breach risks.

Office 2013 has received security updates and patches, first in support Mainstream and then “Extended” support, for a duration of five years each, but now the suite is part of the fixed end of life plan defined by the company, and therefore will be “retired” next year. This aspect should not be underestimated, especially by companies that were still equipped with servers and systems with Office 2013. First, the Office 2013 servers (already decommissioned in 2020) could create compatibility problems if connected to Microsoft 365, moreover any unresolved security holes will remain open to possible breaches, as Microsoft will no longer fix them.

Microsoft recommends upgrading to Microsoft 365
If this can be done for companies make sense in terms of investment, for home users this could be a rather expensive upgrade. The latter may consider alternatives, such as third-party Microsoft Office reseller offers.

Microsoft Office 2013's support expiration date arrives in 2023

Microsoft Office 2013's end-of-service date isn't a secret, even if many aren't aware of what the date is. As you can see via Microsoft's documentation on the matter, the extended service end date for Office 2013 is April 11, 2023. It has been that way for a long time. What's new is that now Microsoft's nudging people about the impending end of support.

As reported by BleepingComputer, Microsoft is poking customers with a reminder that 2013's days are numbered.

'After five years of Mainstream Support, and five years of Extended Support, Office 2013 will reach the End of Extended Support on April 11, 2023,' Microsoft said. 'Per the Fixed Lifecycle Policy, after this date security updates for Office 2013 will no longer be available.'

Once April 11 rolls around, say goodbye to fresh bug fixes and routine security patches. A lack of product support comes with consequences. For those who want Microsoft's protection and assistance, it's best to upgrade to a more recent version of Office. Or, if you'd rather invest in keeping your Office lineup current forever and ever, go with Microsoft 365.

Other Microsoft products are also falling out of Redmond's good graces in the near future. Windows 10 version 20H2 is headed toward the exit door in May 2022, though Windows 10 version 21H2 is now widely available to pick up any stragglers. And don't forget that Internet Explorer goes the way of the dinosaur on June 15, 2022.

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