Monday, October 24, 2016

Key Office 365 Pro Plus dates

If you are still using Office 2013 from Office 365 you need to be aware of some upcoming key dates.

As I have previous detailed at:

Questions about Office 2016 via Office 365

Q. Am I required to upgrade from Office 2013 on my desktop to Office 2016 if my Office 2013 was installed from Office 365?

Yes, however you have 12 months to complete that transition. That means you must upgrade your Office 365 Office 2013 to Office 2016 by the 22nd of September 2016. After that date any existing Office 365 Office 2013 installation will reverted to “reduced functionality mode”, basically read only.

So the clock started ticking on September 22nd 2016. Now because different Office 365 plans received Office Pro Plus at different times, and because there are different update channels:

Office update branches renamed to channels

Now from what I see in the Microsoft KB article:

KB3199744

and I quote:

“Users who are running the 2013 version of Office 365 ProPlus after February 28, 2017 will have to upgrade to the latest version of Office 365 ProPlus to continue to receive support from Microsoft.”

I would therefore suggest that now is the time to start planning and testing the upgrade to Office 2016 if you are using Office 2013. This applies not only to stand alone desktops but also to installations on terminal servers.

This is all part of the new paradigm of regular updates that we see with most software. If you are on a subscription you need to keep up to date to receive all the benefits. I appreciate that the ‘old’ culture was to stay on the same release for a bazillion years BUT the new world order is constant updates (think mobile apps).  That’s why you pay the subscription, to have access to the latest features! So if you haven’t upgraded DON’T leave it until the last minute!

You have been warned.