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. Per the Fixed Lifecycle Policy, after this date security updates for Office 2013 will no longer be available. Microsoft recommends you upgrade to Microsoft 365 Apps, which includes the Office apps you are familiar with (such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).

Running any unsupported systems within your business exposes you to security risk, as end of support means no more security updates will be issues. This can also impact your ability to meet compliance obligations.  

If you connect to Microsoft 365 with an Office 2013 client, you might experience performance or reliability issues. Since October 2020, Office 2013 is not a supported client to connect to Microsoft 365 services. These are the client versions of Office that are currently supported for connecting to Microsoft 365 (and Office 365) services: 

  • Microsoft 365 Apps  
  • Office LTSC 2021  
  • Office 2019  
  • Office 2016 

Microsoft is giving 1 year’s notice for Office 2013 end of support to allow organizations time to plan their course of action for upgrading. When evaluating your options, keep in mind the end of support dates for Office clients connecting to Microsoft 365 services.  If you would like to learn more about your upgrade options or to learn about other end of support dates approaching, give us a call today. 2W Tech is a Microsoft Gold Partner and has IT Consultants on staff that can help you decide on your next path. 

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