If your nonprofit has been holding off on making important Microsoft updates, now is the time to act. All Office 2013 clients that connect to commercial Office 365 services will not be supported after October 12, 2020. Additionally, support for Windows 7 will end on January 14, 2020. Making needed upgrades is not complicated, but it does require some planning. If you need help or have questions, please request a free consult.
Upgrading to Office 365 ProPlus
If you’re currently using Office 2013 to connect to the commercial Office 365 services, you need to upgrade to Office 365 ProPlus. This is a smart move for any organization with benefits including the up-to date subscriptions, the inclusion of five downloads, a mobile app, and better connection from desktop apps to files stored in the cloud. Here’s more from Microsoft on the announcement.
Office 2013 clients’ connections to commercial Office 365 services will not be supported after October 13, 2020. After this date, ongoing investments in the Office 365 cloud services – including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business – will proceed based on post-Office 2013 requirements. We recommend that organizations with Office 2013 clients consider migrating to Office 365 ProPlus.
Support for Office 2016 and Office 2019 connections to Office 365 cloud services will continue until October 2023. Up to date information on current system requirements can be found under on the Office system requirements page, with related timelines available in the Office system requirements matrix.
Upgrading to Windows 10
Windows 10 Professional is the gateway to accessing the most modern computing and security tools that your nonprofit needs to be successful. Additionally, support for Windows 7 is coming to an end on January 14, 2020. After this date, your computer will still function, but Microsoft will no longer provide technical support, software updates, or security updates. These factors will leave your nonprofit at risk and we strongly recommend taking steps to upgrade immediately. Here’s more information on Why Windows 10 is Essential for Nonprofits and How to Upgrade.