Office 2007 is End of Life. What are the Risks and Options?

On October 10th 2017, Office 2007 reached End of Life. In addition, as of October 31st 2017, Outlook 2007 will be unable to connect to Office 365 mailboxes. As a result companies using Outlook 2007 and Office 365 for email will not be able to send or receive emails after this date.

Microsoft Office 2007, like almost all Microsoft products, has a support lifecycle during which they provide new features, bug fixes, security fixes, and so on. When Office 2007 reaches its End of Life, Microsoft and its service providers will no longer provide:

  • Technical support for issues
  • Bug fixes for issues that are discovered
  • Security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered

You will still be able to use the software, but without anyone monitoring its vulnerabilities or releasing security patches you’re leaving your business wide open to cyber threats. Many of the well-publicised company hacks have been as a result of flaws in un-patched software.

If you are still running versions of Office older than Office 2007 – including but not limited to Office 2003, Office 2000, Office XP and Office 97, you have the same security risks as described above. The below information is also relevant to you.

So what should you do?

Consequently before the End of Life for Office 2007, Microsoft recommend users to follow one of these steps:

Move to an Office 365 plan which includes a subscription to the latest version of office.

Upgrade to Office 2016 using Volume License or Retail Versions.

Upgrade to an earlier version of Office, such as Office 2013.

Microsoft’s website article on Office 2007 reaching End of Life is here.

A short video from Microsoft on Office 365 and what it offers your organisation is here.

Consequently if you are using Office 2007 or any older Office products you now have significant risk in your business.

CBIT Tech Tips

Tip 1

Always try to restart your computer – sometimes the gremlins just need a good old fashioned kick start to get
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Tip 2

Regularly check your operating system – you wouldn’t go for a long drive without checking your water and oil levels
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It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout.

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Don’t use an unprotected computer. When you access sensitive information from a nonsecure computer, like one in an Internet café or a shared machine at home, you put the information you’re viewing at risk. Make sure your computer is running the latest approved security patches and antivirus definitions.

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Don’t be tricked into giving away confidential information. Don’t respond to emails or phone calls requesting confidential company information.
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Don’t be tricked into giving away confidential information. Don’t respond to emails or phone calls requesting confidential company information.