Office 2013 EOL April 11 2023
The time is nearly here for us to say goodbye to Microsoft Office 2013 as it approaches the end of its ten-year life cycle.
Development of Office 2013 commenced in 2010 and was ready for manufacturing by 11 October 2012, eventually on sale on 29 January 2013. A big jump forward from its previous Office 2010 incarnation, Office 2013 features included integration for the emerging cloud technologies such as OneDrive, Skype & Yammer.
At the time, there were 5 definitive editions available:
Home & Student – This edition includes the core applications of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote.
Home & Business – Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote and Outlook.
Standard – This edition was the standard volume licensing model that included Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Outlook and Publisher.
Professional – In addition to standard, Professional included Access.
Professional Plus – In addition to Professional, this edition also included InfoPath and Lync.
When will I need to upgrade?
Microsoft notified all Office 2013 users that the end of life date will be 11 April 2023. After this date, Microsoft will no longer be supporting Office 2013. This means no more updates, no more patches and no more security updates
If you don’t upgrade before 11 April 2023, you will be exposing your devices to potential security risks. As there will be no updates, cyber-criminals/hackers will be finding vulnerabilities within the program to exploit you and your data. Remember Windows XP and the WannaCry ransomware attack on the NHS?
What should I upgrade to?
Microsoft’s latest Office product is Microsoft 365 and is subscription-based, meaning you either pay annually or monthly to access Microsoft applications. As a cloud-based suite of “productivity” applications, Microsoft 365 gives you the best of both worlds with seamless connectivity between your locally installed application and those accessible within a cloud environment.
Being cloud-based also allows for greater security with constantly rolled out updates and multifactor authentication which adds a layer of protection as you sign in to your applications.
If you are unsure about upgrading your applications or broader IT infrastructure, come and chat with us. We can guide you through the process and help you understand and adopt Microsoft Cloud technology.