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What’s changing or ending in 2023 for Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office has plenty of important changes and end dates coming in 2023, starting with two in January.  Here’s a list of what Microsoft has in store for their paying customers.

Microsoft 365 app coming in January 2023

The Office mobile app (the ‘all in one’ app) is being changed and renamed to become the “Microsoft 365 app”.

So far, Microsoft has been big on hype for the ‘new’ app but little substance beyond the standard platitudes. 

See All we know about the Microsoft 365 app, so far

There’s no specific release date but Microsoft is promising it for January 2023.

Microsoft 365 ends for Windows 8.1

On 10 January 2023 Microsoft 365 will end support on Windows 8.1 machines that’s about 1 year, 4 months ago

Microsoft 365 apps will continue to work on Windows 8.1 but won’t get any security patches or bug fixes.

Crucially, NO new installations of Microsoft 365 software on Windows 8.1 will be permitted.

Windows 8.1 ends

10 January 2023 (about 1 year, 4 months ago) is also the date that Windows 8.1 ends support.  No more bug or security patches.

As usual, the software will continue to work normally but will be a gradually increasing risk over time.

OneDrive attachments changing

From 1 February 2023 (about 1 year, 3 months ago), the space used to store Outlook.com email attachments will be counted against the OneDrive quota.

This probably won’t affect Microsoft 365 customers because they have 1 Terabyte of OneDrive storage already.

However, Outlook.com users without a Microsoft 365 plan only have 5GB ‘free’ allowance.  A significant part of that could be used up by email attachments.

Microsoft is being cagey about how this change will work and have refused to answer specific questions about it.  It seems paying customers will have to wait until 1 February to see what they do.

See Outlook.com attachments to OneDrive: unanswered questions

Extra OneDrive storage for Microsoft 365 customers

Microsoft 365 customers will get ‘at least’ an extra 50GB of OneDrive quota on 1 February 2023 – oh so generous.

And the increase is only temporary for one year. It’s meant to make up for the space used by Outlook.com email attachments.

Office 2013 ending

Office 2013 support ends 11 April 2023 or about 1 year, 1 month ago

Office 2013 expires in a few months – what you must do

Wolfram data types 11 June

The ‘Wolfram’ Data Types in Excel stop working on 11 June 2023 ( about 11 months ago)

Excel Money Template ends

On the same date, 11 June 2023 ( about 11 months ago) the Excel Money Template will stop importing new transactions.

Microsoft Partner Benefits

‘Partner Benefits’ are ‘special’ offers to entice people into buying some non-Microsoft product.  These offers are also ending on 11 June 2023 but the loss won’t be much noticed.

The Unknown deadlines

There’s sure to be more deadlines during 2023, changes we don’t know about yet.  Stay with Office-Watch.com and we’ll keep you informed.

All we know about the Microsoft 365 app, so far
Microsoft 365 will end support on Windows 8.1 machines
Outlook.com email attachments will be counted against the OneDrive quota
Office 2013 expires in a few months – what you must do
Wolfram’ Data Types in Excel stop working on 11 June 2023

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