The Redmond giant has confirmed that it is preparing to end support for Microsoft Office 2013 within a yeara warning that has an explanation, and that is that the company wants all those who use said suite to prepare to transition to a more current solution before it runs out of support.
The official documentation for Microsoft Office 2013 clearly indicates that the end of its life cycle will occur on April 11, 2023, which means that after that date you will no longer receive security updates and critical patches. The latter are the ones that usually solve very serious security problems.
Still, it’s important to note that while Microsoft Office 2013 will no longer be supported after that date, that doesn’t mean it can’t receive an occasional patch if the situation calls for it. So, for example, if very serious vulnerabilities are discovered after the end of support, Microsoft could launch a emergency patch out of the support cycle, something the company has already done with other applications and even with its operating systems.
In total, Microsoft Office 2013 has received five years of mainstream support and five years of extended support. According to the Redmond giant, continuing to use this office automation suite after the end of its support, which as we anticipate is scheduled for 2023, will pose an increasing danger to our security, and to our company, so they recommend starting to think of a alternative.
In general, the simplest would be make the jump to an Office 365 subscription, although we also have the possibility of buying licenses for Microsoft Office 2021 and forget about the monthly fees. In the end, each user and each company must decide what best suits them and their specific needs.