Windows 7 Support Going Away in January

Windows 7 Support Going Away in January

It’s going to be a new decade soon. Are you ready for an upgrade? As announced previously, Windows 7 will be out of support after January 14, 2020.

Because the Modern Lifecycle Policy governs Office 365, customers must stay current as per the servicing and system requirements for the product or service. This includes using Office 365 ProPlus on a Windows operating system that is currently in support. Using Office 365 ProPlus on older, unsupported operating systems may cause performance and reliability issues over time. If your organization is using Office 365 ProPlus on devices running Windows 7, we strongly recommend your organization move those devices to Windows 10.

How Does This Impact Me?

Microsoft will no longer provide support or security updates for customers still on Windows 7. Even though Windows 7 will no longer be supported after January 2020, we understand Office 365 customers may need more time migrating to a funded operating system. Through January 2023, Microsoft will provide security updates for Office 365 ProPlus on Windows 7. But, during that time, as long as the device is still running Windows 7 and Office 365, ProPlus won’t receive any new feature updates.

What should I do to prepare for this change?

Migrate! We recommend that organizations migrate to Windows 10 or a supported operating system before the end of the support date on January 14, 2020, to continue receiving new feature updates to Office 365 ProPlus.

Note: This information also applies to Office 365 Business, included in business plans such as M365 Business and Office 365 Business Premium, and to desktop versions of Project and Visio.

For more information, please see this support article and this FAQ.