Microsoft has confirmed that it will no longer support its Office 2013 software suite for very long.
The company has revealed that its desktop software offering will reach its official end of support within the next twelve months, after which it will no longer receive updates and security protection from the company.
Microsoft Office 2013 users are now urged to upgrade or change software before April 11, 2023, or risk cyberattacks.
Farewell Microsoft Office 2013
“After five years of mainstream support and five years of extended support, Office 2013 will reach the end of extended support on April 11, 2023. Per the Fixed Lifecycle Policy, after this date, security updates for Office 2013 will no longer be available,” Microsoft said in an email to customers seen by BeepComputer.
“Once Office 2013 reaches end of support, Microsoft will no longer provide new security updates, and continued use of Office 2013 after April 2023 may increase your organization’s exposure to security risks. or impact your ability to meet compliance obligations.”
Instead of Office 2013, Microsoft suggested users upgrade to Microsoft 365 Apps, a subscription-based model. Most commonly seen as part of Microsoft 365 and Office LTSC 2021 subscriptions, this package provides most key applications for business users and receives regular updates and fixes.
“Please start upgrading to Microsoft 365 Apps, which are designed to receive regular updates and will help you stay up to date by getting security updates and our latest features,” Microsoft noted.
“Alternatively, if your organization needs a static, immutable product, consider upgrading to Office LTSC 2021.”
The news is Microsoft’s latest key product to reach end of life in recent months. Most famously, Windows XP was put on pasture in 2014, although after months of back and forth Microsoft finally relented and said it would still offer some form of support to users of the older software.