Alerting millions of Microsoft Word and Excel users as files are at risk – check your apps now

MICROSOFT has announced a restructuring of its software products that will affect users everywhere.

The company will phase out Microsoft 365 Apps from older operating systems – find out if your software still supports the Microsoft package.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the oldest of the big five technology companies powering the industry today

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Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the oldest of the big five technology companies powering the industry todayPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

The Microsoft app family is one of the most transformative software products in personal and professional computing.

One of the flagship products of Microsoft 365, Microsoft Excel is said to be used by more than 700,000 companies worldwide.

But Excel and other products in the Microsoft 365 Apps bundle will be made incompatible with computers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2008 R2 starting January 10, 2023.

“We recommend that customers running these operating systems migrate to a supported operating system before January 2023,” Microsoft wrote in a company blog.

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NeoWin reported that Microsoft has already started to deprecate apps running on older operating systems.

Apps based on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 have been updated through Microsoft’s three-year Extended Security Update (ESU) program, which provides security updates for “old” programs, but at a high cost to users.

The ESU plan for Windows 7 costs $280 for the last year of support.

Microsoft encourages customers to update their operating system for both compatibility and security reasons.

“Please remember that using unsupported software can increase an organization’s security risk or affect its ability to meet compliance obligations,” Microsoft’s blog concluded.

Microsoft publishes a calendar of expected end-of-life dates for many of the products in its software lineup.

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Within Microsoft, departments are working on Xbox, artificial intelligence, personal computing products and more — the company is focused on the future as it shuts down older programs.

Satya Nadella succeeded Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft in 2014

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Satya Nadella succeeded Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft in 2014Photo credit: Getty Images – Getty

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Chris Barrese

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