The software giant is bidding farewell as of this writing. Dated 10th October, Microsoft Office 2007, like any other Microsoft products, has a typical lifecycle of 10 years. It was released to consumers worldwide in 2007 with a dramatic flair on its interface that makes the desktop more stimulating to the eyes and much easier to use. Users were directed to its simple and intuitive tools that allow a much convenient way of sharing digital documents and photos—not to mention creating them with less effort—and play online or offline games within digital communities. It was basically about experiencing different kinds of entertainment which covered video games, television, music and movies, emails and many more.
Would users miss it that much? Or rather the questions should be, are there still Office 2007 users left at all given the fast turnover of Office 2010, 2013, and 2016 for Windows in a span of a decade? And then came Office 365 for business with its user-based service which allows users to access Office experiences on up to 5 personal computers or Macs and on their mobile devices. It’s safe to say Office 2007 has lived a good purposeful life and that it’s high time to bid goodbye.
What could possibly come after this?
Microsoft will no longer provide support for Office 2007 which means:
- No more technical support for issues such logging in, computer and internet speed, retrieving deleted files, printer malfunctions, etc.
- No more bug fixes when programming bugs create errors with system implementation—many of which call for specific bug fixes that can be efficiently resolved by a development or by IT services.
- No more security fixes for vulnerabilities such as security techniques that safeguards from potential threats and system failures while managing current and past threats and weaknesses.
- Microsoft Outlook will stop to respond and that you will no longer be able to connect Office 365 mailboxes, i.e. you can’t send and receive email emails beyond October 31, 2017.
No time to dillydally!
Explore your options. Microsoft users are urged to upgrade as soon as possible. Here’s what you can do:
- Upgrade to Office 365 ProPlus, the subscription version of Office that comes with many Office 365 plans. Microsoft office 365 migration guide could help.
- Upgrade to Office 2016, which is sold as a one-time purchase and available for one computer per license.
- Upgrade to an earlier version of Office, such as Office 2013.
Office 365 is highly scalable which means it can support all types of business nature and size, from small start-up business to large corporations with thousands of users. Office 365 Business plans are suitable for companies with one to 300 users. Office 365 Business Enterprise plans can be for organisations from a handful of staff only to 50,000-plus users.
Microsoft is everywhere whether we already moved on to Apple or not. Bill Gates has forever etched Microsoft in the evolution of technology—well, of everything—from its grand kick off in the 70’s to taking the world in the 90’s. And it has no plans of stepping back anytime soon—not with all the great minds behind running it. The software giant has a stature of asking bizarre questions in its job interviews. As odd as “How would design an elevator?” or “Why is a manhole cover round?” Such interview questions force an applicant to think logically, if not, creatively, to extreme and most sensible lengths. It was believed that Google imitated this questioning style.