The Redmond giant maintains a very marked update policy to keep Microsoft 365 applications up to date, including such well-known and important solutions as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, OneNote, Visio and others. Updates, however, follow a strict support policy based on the life cycle of each product, and each operating system on which it is used.
Because of those conditions, when an operating system goes out of support it’s only a matter of time until Microsoft 365 Apps are no longer supported as well. Microsoft often reminds this frequently so that users know the situation they are inand so that they can take the measures they deem appropriate in order to plan the transition to the necessary software to continue receiving support.
On this occasion, the company has recalled that Microsoft 365 applications will no longer be supported in Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2008 R2 as of January 10, 2023. It is important to note that such applications were already out of mainstream support on those operating systems, although they continued to receive special support through the Extended Security Updates (ESU) program.
What will this mean? Well, very simple, that these applications will stop receiving updates, including security and bug fixes, and that new installations will be blocked. As you may have imagined, the only option we will have if we want to continue receiving support will be to update to a more current operating system. The easiest option would be to make the leap to Windows 10since its requirements are very affordable and do not make a significant difference compared to Windows 8.1.
Remember that losing support for these applications will not make them stop working immediately, but it can be a major problem in the medium and long term, especially in terms of security and stability, since security holes and bugs can accumulate.