Microsoft to change Office 365 support

Microsoft is setting out changes to its Office 365 service support, rendering certain versions of their Office suite obsolete and incompatible with 365 email services.

Effective October 13th, 2020, Office 365 services (e.g. Exchange Online, SharePoint Online) will only support Office client connectivity from subscription clients (e.g. Office 365 ProPlus), or the following Office perpetual clients: Office 2019 and Office 2016. – Microsoft

Office 365 Support changing

This comes with the announcement of Office 2019 and as Microsoft looks to consolidate its support office versions. The changes mean that anyone currently accessing 365 email services with a  copy of Office 2013 will no longer be able to do so beyond Sunday 13th October 2019. For those people wishing to continue using their 365 services, they must ensure that they migrate to Office 365 ProPlus, or perpetual products including Office 2019 and Office 2016.


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Office 365 ProPlus Support Changes

In addition to dropping 365 support for certain perpetual office installs, Microsoft has announced its revised plans for supporting Office 365 ProPlus subscriptions on its diminishing operating systems. Office 365 ProPlus support on those systems was supposed to end on Jan. 14, 2020, Those dates have been moved to:

  • Office 365 ProPlus will continue to be supported on Windows 8.1 through January 2023, which is the end of support date for Windows 8.1.
  • Office 365 ProPlus will also continue to be supported on Windows Server 2016 until October 2025.

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