Microsoft has extended support for Office 2007 users - you now have a few more months before Microsoft ends your free support period in October 2012. Following this week's noting that Office 2007 was exiting the free support phase this week, and moving into the "Extended" (paid) support period. Microsoft has quietly extended the end of life support for Office 2007 with Service Pack 3 from October 9th of this year to October 10th of 2017.
A tweet from Directions on Microsoft's Rob Helm notes, "Instead of moving into the Extended Support phase on April 9, as was the original plan, Office 2007 now moves to Extended on October 9, 2012. Extended support for the product ends on October 10, 2017," revealed ZDNet.
In other words, Office 2007 will now reach "paid" support beginning October 9th. Those who want other types of updates as well as support from Microsoft will be required to pay a fee.
"Based on our support policies, we moved the EOL (end of life) support dates for the Microsoft Office Division 2007 editions forward to October to give 2 full years of mainstream support after the launch of the 2010 products," Microsoft stated.
Although the Extended support date was given a few more months, Microsoft is encouraging those still using Office 2007 to move to Office 2010 as soon as possible.
Microsoft urges users to upgrade to Office 2010 rather than running Office 2007.
"Ending mainstream support basically means that Microsoft will no more provide free and regular updates including both security fixes and other patches for a product. Once a product exits the mainstream support phase, it enters Extended Support. During this period, security updates for a product remain free, but most other updates are only supplied on a paid basis, and require a separate Hotfix Agreement."
Here's the Microsoft Life Cycle page for Office 2010 with the updated dates:
In other Office new, Office 15, which is likely to be called "Office 2013," is expected to hit public beta this summer and possibly be released to manufacturing late this year (November, according to the source grapevine).