Office 2013 will no longer be supported in April 2023

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Earlier this week, Microsoft reminded customers that Microsoft Office 2013 is approaching the end of support next year, advising them to switch to a newer version to reduce their exposure to security vulnerabilities.

“After five years of regular support and five years of extended support, Office 2013 will reach the end of extended support on April 11, 2023. As per the firm lifecycle policy, security updates for Office 2013 will no longer be available after this date,” Microsoft told customers.

“After Office 2013 reaches the end of support, Microsoft will no longer provide new security updates, and continued use of Office 2013 after April 2023 could increase your organization’s exposure to security risks or affect your ability to meet compliance obligations.” .”

Once the end of support is reached, Microsoft will stop providing various services to Office 2013 licensees, including technical support, bug fixes, and security patches for new issues.

In addition, connecting Office 2013 clients to Microsoft 365 can lead to performance or reliability issues because Office 2013 is no longer a supported client as of October 2020.

Upgrade options for Office 2013 users

Available upgrade options for Office 2013 include Microsoft 365 Apps, the subscription version of Office that comes with many Microsoft 365 and Office LTSC 2021.

Microsoft 365 apps come with many Microsoft 365 and Office 365 business and enterprise plans, and endpoint users can install full versions of Office apps on multiple devices.

Office LTSC 2021 is sold as a one-time purchase through a volume licensing agreement and can only be installed on one computer per license.

The main difference between these two Office versions is that Microsoft 365 apps are regularly updated with new features, while Office LTSC 2021 has the same features as on the launch date, in September 2021.

“Start by upgrading to Microsoft 365 apps, which is designed to receive regular updates and will help you stay current by getting security updates and our latest features,” Microsoft said.

“If your organization needs a static, immutable product, you may also want to consider moving to Office LTSC 2021.”

Upgrade plan for Office 2013

After you’ve researched your options and decided to switch to a newer version on compatible devices (system requirements for 365 Apps and LTSC 2021), you’ll need to create an upgrade plan (more information about moving to Microsoft 365 here).

“Because Microsoft 365 Apps comes with many Microsoft 365 (and Office 365) business subscriptions, you should review the capabilities of your current subscription as part of planning an upgrade to Microsoft 365 Apps,” explains the company,

“For example, before deploying Microsoft 365 Apps, make sure all your users have accounts and licenses.”

In related news, Microsoft also reminded customers that multiple editions of Windows 10 20H2 and Windows 10 1909 will reach EOS in May 2022 and several .NET Framework versions on April 26.

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