Microsoft Office support end dates checklist

A quick listing of when your version of Microsoft Office will stop getting security bug fixes, what Microsoft calls the end of support.

This is important because software updates are necessary for Office apps. Mainly because outdated versions are more vulnerable to hackers, particularly in the case of opening malicious emails, documents, or images. And, of course, these will compromise your system if you do not have the latest updates.

If you’ve noticed after reading this article that you’re no longer receiving security updates, it’s time to switch to a modern version. Like Office 2021 or Microsoft 365.

Support End Dates

Microsoft is still issuing security updates for these Office versions as of December 2021

Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 is always kept updated with the latest security updates, bug fixes and features as long as you have a current Microsoft 365 subscription and have not paused updating.

Office 2021

Office 2021 gets support for Windows and Mac versions until 13 October 2026.  

That’s half Microsoft’s supposedly ‘fixed’ lifecycle policy of 10 years.

Office 2019 for Windows

Office 2019 for Windows gets security updates until 14 October 2025.

For mainstream support, the end date is October 10 2023, whilst extended support is 14 October 2025.

Office 2019 for Mac

Office 2019 for Mac gets security updates until 10 October 2023.

No extended support is available.

Office 2016

Office 2016 gets extended support for Windows security updates until 14 October 2025.

For mainstream support, this has already expired on October 13, 2020.

Office 2013

Office 2013 gets extended support for Windows, including security updates until 11 April 2023. Note: Service Pack 1 needs to be installed.

Mainstream support already expired in 2018.

No Longer Supported

There are several Office apps that are no longer supported, as follows:

Office 2016 for Mac

No extended support was offered, and mainstream support ended in 2020.

Office 2011 for Mac

No longer receives security updates, support ended in 2017.

Office 2010

Mainstream support ended in 2015 whilst extended support ended in 2020.

Office 2007, 2003, XP, 2000, 97 and 95

Plus all older versions no longer receive security updates.

Simply head over to the lifecycle page at Microsoft to find out further information on which Microsoft products are still receiving security updates.

Mainstream vs Extended Support

So, what’s the main difference between the Mainstream and Extended Support?

Each Office perpetual licence (i.e not subscription) version gets Mainstream support for several years when its first released.  That means Office program might get new or updated features as well a bug fixes and patches for security problems.

After the Mainstream support has ended, Microsoft provides what they call Extended Support. Feature changes are dropped, but they will continue to issue security updates until the extended support period is over.

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