For our Tech Tip Tuesday, I want to talk about the varying versions of Microsoft Office and the ones that are end of life. End of life, meaning that they’re not going to be supported by Microsoft, but worse yet, they’re not able to connect to the Office 365 cloud and it can leave you kind of high and dry and not understanding what’s going on. So stay tuned.
Hi, Philip Long here, CEO of Business Information Solutions and Cyber Fortress. I want to talk to you today about Microsoft Office, specifically 2010 and 2013, as well as some Macintosh versions 16 and 2019. What we’re seeing is that Microsoft is actively blocking the connection to the Office 365 cloud. Office 2010 expired in October of 2020 and it was still working, but they have released some updates that are prohibiting it from connecting to the Office 365 cloud as well as 2013 on specific services that are offered by Microsoft 365. So at the end of the day, without getting too technical about which version will connect to this feature in Microsoft Office 365.
This is affecting your email. Outlook connects to an Exchange server and the Exchange server is no longer going to connect to your email and it’s going to cause you a big lot of grief if you take that update and all of a sudden your email won’t work. So the bottom line is that if you’re running Microsoft Office 2010 and again, this is kind of like the year it was released. So that version is twelve years old in the software world, that’s ancient R 2013. You likely need to move and go to the newer products. Now if you’re buying the perpetual license, you would be buying the Office 2019 like Home and Business. Or you could just subscribe to Office 365 or the Microsoft 365 as they call it now, and be able to stay up to date with the latest, greatest products all the time, as well as experience a lot more of the collaboration and features.
I’m sure you’re going to have questions on this, so don’t hesitate to reach out. I’d be glad to help but look under help and about your particular version of Microsoft Office that you’re running under any one of the products. And if you’re running 2010 or 2013, reach out because you’re likely going to need to change that right away.
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