Plan your upgrade from Office 2007 or Office 2010 servers and clients
This article applies to both Office 365 Enterprise and Microsoft 365 Enterprise.
If your organization is using older versions of Office products and servers, this is a great time to start planning your upgrade. Office 2007 products and services have reached their end of support. Office 2010 products and services (including Office 2010, Exchange 2010, SharePoint 2010, and Project Server 2010), will reach their end of support on October 13, 2020. Use the resources in this section to get started.
See Upgrade from Office 2010 servers and clients for more details.
What happens if I don't upgrade?
You can choose not to upgrade at this time. Your on-premises servers and applications will continue to run. However, when you no longer receive security updates or support options, you or your organization could be vulnerable to security breaches. We strongly recommend that you plan your upgrade as soon as possible, whether to Office 365 or to newer versions of your on-premises servers and applications.
What upgrade options are available?
Organizations have several options to consider:
Upgrade your on-premises servers and applications. If you're using Office products and server applications on premises, see the following planning content:
Office 2007 products and services Office 2010 products and services Office 2007 (Desktop) Office 2010 (Desktop) Exchange 2007 Exchange 2010 SharePoint 2007 SharePoint 2010 Office Communications Server Lync Server 2010 Project Server 2007 Project Server 2010 PerformancePoint Server 2007
Implement a hybrid solution with Office 365 or Microsoft 365. Hybrid uses both your on-premises servers and applications and their cloud equivalents. If you are moving to the cloud in phases or you must keep some server and applications on premises, a hybrid solution might be right for your organization. See Office 365 hybrid cloud solutions overview for the details.
Move to the cloud with Office 365 or Microsoft 365. For many customers, moving to the cloud is an efficient and cost-effective solution. By moving completely to the cloud, setup and ongoing management are easier and you seamlessly get all the latest features and security updates. See What is Microsoft 365? in this article for more information.
Help is available for your organization
If you want help with planning your upgrade, consider one or more of the following options:
Work with a partner or volume licensing specialist. Find your Office 365 partner or reseller.
If your organization purchases a certain number of Office 365 licenses, our FastTrack team can help you through the setup process. To learn more, see FastTrack for Office 365.
If you're part of a smaller organization, or if you prefer to handle your organization's Office upgrade yourself, see Upgrade your Office 365 for business users to the latest Office client.
I'm a home user. What do I do?
If you're using Office 2007 or Office 2010 at home, consider the following update options:
Use Office in a browser for free. Create, view, and edit Office files in your browser, and have access to those files from just about any device with internet access. Office for the web includes Word for the web, Excel for the web, PowerPoint for the web, OneNote for the web, Sway, Email, Calendar, and OneDrive. To get started, visit office.com and sign in using your Microsoft account. (If you don't have a Microsoft account, you can create one at office.com.)
Try Office 365 for home use. Review the requirements, and then choose between Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal. Start a trial and see how Office 365 works for you. With Office 365, you'll enjoy cloud storage with OneDrive, you'll get 60 minutes of Skype calls to mobile and landline numbers each month, and you'll get many other great features. To learn more, see Get the most from Office with Office 365.
With the end of support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020, the versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher and Access provided with Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal running on Windows 7 devices will receive security updates, but no feature updates. To continue receiving feature updates for these applications, upgrade your Windows 7 devices to Windows 10.
Purchase Office Home & Student. If you choose this option, you'll make a one-time purchase and then install Office on your Windows PC or Mac. This isn't a subscription; it's a one-time, perpetual use license for one computer. View the requirements, and then choose the version you want to use.
If your Windows PC is running Windows 10, consider getting Office Home & Student 2019.
If your Windows PC is running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 and you are not upgrading to Windows 10 at this time, consider getting Office Home & Student 2016 (or another edition of Microsoft Office) from an authorized reseller.
Support for Windows 7 is ending on January 14, 2020, after which Microsoft will not be providing security updates or support. Upgrade your Windows 7 devices to Windows 10 for continued security and feature updates and ongoing support.
You can also choose not to upgrade at this time. Your Office apps will continue to run. Timelines for Office support dates are available here. However, upgrading will give you security updates or new and improved features.
What is Microsoft 365?
Microsoft 365 is the combination of Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) that provides a complete, intelligent solution to empower everyone to be creative and work together, securely.
Although you can migrate your Office 2007 or Office 2010 servers and clients to Office 365, Microsoft 365 includes the licenses and capabilities to help ensure that your organization is working on the latest Windows operating system and that your devices—including Windows, iOS, and Android—are enrolled and kept secured with policies that require authentication and data protection. In addition, Windows 10 and your Office 365 ProPlus client software is updated on a continuing basis to include the latest features and security updates.
Microsoft 365 is the way to digitally transform your business with constantly-improving devices and productivity experiences, enabled and secured by the Microsoft cloud.
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|Microsoft 365 Education documentation
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|Microsoft 365 Enterprise documentation
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