The Microsoft Office suite has long been a staple of the American workplace, so naturally, whenever changes or updates are announced, it garners quite a bit of attention. Although the software has a strong history, changes to something so ingrained into our day-to-day work can still be cause for concern. And the latest announcement does in fact carry some ramifications for users.
For current Microsoft users, the length of continued support will depend on which version you are currently running. Most support for Microsoft Office 2019 will terminate in October 2023, with extended security updates through October 2025. As always, Microsoft 365 (Formerly known as Microsoft Office 365) will be kept up to date with regular program updates for subscribers.
Important to note, Microsoft has already stated that this latest software will only be supported for 5 years, down from the typical 7-year support window. While this still represents a significant period of time, larger enterprises for whom upgrading is more time consuming and expensive should take note.
Why You Should Consider a Switch to Microsoft 365
Prior to this announcement, some wondered if Microsoft would release another perpetual license version, which requires only a single upfront payment. The last several years have shown a definite trend towards the cloud-based subscription platform, Microsoft 365.
With changes already on the way, it may be a good time for your company to review whether it’s time to make the switch to Microsoft 365.
Cloud-based software such as Microsoft 365 can make a world of difference when it comes to productivity and cost.
ANC Group can review your business operations, discuss your unique needs, and help you decide if a Microsoft 365 Cloud Migration is right for you.