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Microsoft Office 2007 is Reaching its End of Life

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All good things must come to an end, and software is no exception. On October 10, 2017, Office 2007 will conclude its decade-long run and reach End of Life. Now is an excellent time to start upgrading Microsoft Office if you currently use Office 2007.

When an application reaches End of Life, the company ceases to provide technical support, bug fixes, and security fixes. Microsoft has a few different options available to Office 2007 users who need to upgrade. Here are some questions to ask to help you create a plan for upgrading.

– What are the short term and long term goals of your company?
– Will you be doing the implementation in-house or will you be hiring a third party vendor?
– What are your top priorities in the implementation?
– What are items on your wish list that are nice to have but you will be okay to be without?
– How many people will need access to the application?

Office 365 allows a user to have five types of devices for each subscription. Some plans include the full versions of Office programs including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint for PC or Mac. Licensing is per user and no longer just the number of computers installed with the software.

Before deploying Office 365, you’ll want to do the following:
– Review current Office 365 capabilities
– Assess Office application compatibility
– Assess your current infrastructure
– Examine the new group policy settings
– Determine how often you will update Office
– Choose how you will install Office 365 ProPlus
– Prepare for any additional languages

Get prepared to upgrade from Office 2007 now, before it reaches End of Life in October this year.

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