Microsoft Office 2013 will reach the end of support on April 11, 2023. After this date, the support will end and security updates will no longer be available, per the Fixed Lifecycle Policy. This may increase your organization’s exposure to security risks or impact compliance obligations.
Ensuring that the software is functional and secure is an important part of Managed IT Support, as it helps to ensure that the organization’s IT systems are running smoothly and that any potential vulnerabilities are addressed in a timely manner. This may involve tasks such as performing regular software updates and patches, running security scans and audits, and monitoring for unusual activity on the network.
Additionally, customers connecting to Microsoft 365 via an Office 2013 client may experience performance or reliability issues. Below is a list of Office products that currently support connection to Microsoft 365 (and Office 365):
Please start upgrading to Microsoft 365 Apps, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Alternatively, for organizations requiring a static, unchanging product, consider moving to Office LTSC 2021.
Why it is risky to use End of Support Microsoft Office 2013?
Using software that has reached the end of its support can be risky because the software will no longer receive security updates or other types of support from the manufacturer. This means that any vulnerabilities or bugs that are discovered in the software will not be fixed, which can leave your system and data vulnerable to attacks or data loss. Additionally, using unsupported software can also create compatibility issues with newer hardware and software, which can negatively impact the performance and reliability of your system.
It is generally recommended to use software that is still supported by the manufacturer in order to ensure that your system is secure and up-to-date. If you are using software that has reached the end of its support, it is important to consider upgrading to a newer version or switching to an alternative software solution that is still supported.
Options For Office 2013 Users
- Buy New Microsoft Office 2021 Home/Business Microsoft Office 2021 Professional
- Buy Subscription Microsoft 365 Apps for Business
Here are some resources to help you plan your upgrade:
- For an overview of how to move from to Microsoft 365 Apps, see Office 2013 upgrade guidance.
- For help from Microsoft resources to move to Microsoft 365 Apps and cloud-based services, see Microsoft FastTrack.