When Will M$ Kill The Desktop Versions Of Office?

When Will M$ Kill The Desktop Versions Of Office?

Over the past several years, Microsoft has been pushing users to Office 365 opposed to the desktop versions of the popular productivity suite. There are currently 4 supported desktop versions available for Windows: 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2019. However, the company only supports two versions for Mac: 2016 and 2019. The latest iteration for both Mac and Windows will be the last desktop version. Going forward all development will be done on Office 365. The chart below shows the end of support dates for each Office version.

Office Version End of Mainstream Support End of Extended Support
2010 No longer supported 10/13/2020
2011 for Mac No longer supported Not Offered
2013 No longer supported 4/11/2023
2016 for Mac 10/13/2020 Not Offered
2016 10/13/2020 10/14/2025
2019 for Mac 10/10/2023 Not Offered
2019 10/10/2023 10/14/2025

At present, Microsoft has no plans to support desktop versions of Office in any capacity past October of 2025 (2023 for Mac users). They expect all instances to be migrated to Office 365 by then. Taking all of this into consideration, Microsoft will probably see sharp uptick in Office 365 users over the next 3 years.

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