Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Office 2013 requires Windows 7 or better


So you have gone out and bought the latest bright new shiny Office 365 package that includes Office 2013 for your business. You figure that one of the benefits of Office 365 is that you’ll be able to insure that all your machines will now have the same version of Office.
That is a GREAT idea but it over looks one VERY IMPORTANT point. Office 2013 requires Windows 7 or better to install. It WON’T install on Windows XP.
I am beginning to see so many people looking to Office 365 as a way to update their in house software which is fine and dandy provided they are still not running a 10+ year old operating system like Windows XP.
Sure, you may have saved some money by not upgrading to Windows Vista and 7 but guess what? To use the latest software you still have to make a jump to at least Windows 7 and that generally won’t be cheap.
So again, consider very carefully how long you elect to not upgrade the software that your business runs. The longer you wait, the further out of the supported window you become and when you have to upgrade you are going to need to jump a long way to catch up. That single jump generally is more expensive and disruptive than a number of smaller increments (but I’m sure some people will argue otherwise).
However, at the end of the day if you purchase Office 2013 in flavour make sure that all the machines you plan to install it on are running at least Windows 7.