Microsoft is ending support for Office 2013
To make sure enterprises make the most effective use of their Office 365 packages, Microsoft has announced it will no longer provide technical support or software and security updates for Office 2010 and Office 2013 from October 13, 2020. This means your Office 365 apps will work, but you may be exposed to security risks.
What if I stay with Office 2013?
You can keep outdated versions of the software as long as you are comfortable with the increased security risk you will face. Microsoft will not take any active measures to block older Office clients from connecting to Office 365 services though all ongoing investments in the Office 365 cloud services will proceed based on post – Office 2013 requirements. Microsoft Help may not be able to resolve issues that arise due to unsupported service connections and you may eventually find yourself out of compliance depending on specific regional or industry requirements.
Can I upgrade to Office 2019?
Unlike Office 365, which is updated regularly with new features, Office 2019 is not. As soon as the new desktop version is released, you must purchase it again if you would like to have access to new features. If you decide to upgrade to Office 2019, you have to remember that support for Office 2016 and Office 2019 connections to Office 365 cloud services ends in October 2023. Up to date information on current system requirements can be found under on the Office system requirements page, with related timelines available in the Office system requirements matrix.
What are my next steps?
We strongly recommend you consider migrating to Office 365 ProPlus (name has been recently changed to Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise), an ongoing access to the actual versions of Microsoft`s best corporate apps connected to the cloud. Office 365 ProPlus is the best way to work with services Office 365 with continuously updated and improved apps. To make the transition process smoother, Microsoft is offering FastTrack migration, a service providing organizations with the tools to help them make the move from one Office version to another.
Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise (formerly Office 365 ProPlus) is for sure the most secure Office, that provides your teams with a great opportunity to work together seamlessly from anywhere and on the go.