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Soon many productivity apps will no longer be supported by Microsoft because they are reaching the end of their lifecycle. Find out which popular programs are affected and what your options are.
The end is near for a group of old but still commonly used business apps. On October 13, 2020, many Microsoft productivity apps will reach the end of their lifecycle, including:
Microsoft has already indicated that it will not be extending the October 13 deadline. Nor will it be offering Extended Security Updates like it is doing with Windows 7.
While you can still use the aforementioned business apps after October 13, 2020, it might be dangerous to do so. When an app reaches the end of its lifecycle, it is no longer supported. This means that Microsoft won’t be providing security updates to patch newly discovered vulnerabilities or defend against new types of attacks. In addition, the company will no longer provide technical support or update support content. In fact, most of the online support content will be retired.
Because there won’t be any security updates or technical support, it is a good idea to upgrade any apps that are reaching the end of their lifecycle. Alternatively, you could switch to apps offered by different vendors.
If you decide to stay with Microsoft and upgrade your apps, you have two options:
We can help you decide which option is best for your company if it is still using any of the productivity apps being retired on October 13.
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