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Nor Gal/Shutterstock.comIs your version of Office still getting security updates? It depends on which version you’re using. Microsoft has a published support lifecycle, but it can be difficult khổng lồ dig up the info. Here’s what you need to lớn know.

Software updates are important for Office just as they are for other applications. An out-of-date version of Microsoft Outlook is vulnerable to malicious emails, but even an out-of-date version of Microsoft Word is vulnerable to lớn malicious DOC và DOCX documents you might download and open. Even a malicious image you copy-paste into an Office document could potentially compromise your system if you don’t have the latest updates.


Mainstream vs. Extended Support

First, let’s go over the difference between “Mainstream Support” & “Extended Support.” Just like Windows releases, every Office version receives “Mainstream Support” for several years when it’s first released. Microsoft will continue updating that version of Office with new features.


Several years after that, it’s put into an “Extended Support” period. Microsoft will stop adding new features, but the company will continue issuing security updates throughout the Extended tư vấn period.

Note: Only Office for Windows gets an Extended tư vấn period. Office for Mac does not get an extended tư vấn period. In other words, when Office for Mac’s Mainstream tư vấn period ends, it no longer receives security updates.

Organizations may also be able to buy Extended Security Updates after the period, just as they can with Windows 7.

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As long as your version of Microsoft Office is still receiving at least extended support, it’s still getting security updates.

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How Long Will Microsoft support Your Version of Office?

These versions of Office are still getting security updates, as of December 2021:


Office applications normally get automatic updates. Here’s how to ensure automatic updates are enabled in Office.

The following versions of Office are no longer supported, as of December 2021:

Want to know whether a Microsoft product is still getting security updates? Head to Microsoft’s tìm kiếm product lifecycle page, and tìm kiếm for the name of the sản phẩm you want information about.

What to bởi vì If Your Version of Office Isn’t Getting Security Updates

if you’re still using an older version of Office that isn’t getting security updates, you should tăng cấp immediately to lớn something modern và supported.


For example, you could get a Microsoft 365 subscription or buy a boxed copy of Office 2021. There are several ways lớn get (or try) Microsoft Office for free.

You don’t necessarily have lớn spend money—you could try a free and open-source office suite like LibreOffice, use a web-based office suite like Microsoft’s không tính tiền Office Online or Google Docs, or install Apple’s không lấy phí iWork software for Macs.

Whatever you do, however, we recommend you use office software that’s modern & up-to-date with security updates.

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Chris HoffmanChris Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He"s written about technology for over a decade & was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The new york Times and Reader"s Digest, been interviewed as a giải pháp công nghệ expert on TV stations like Miami"s NBC 6, và had his work covered by news outlets lượt thích the BBC. Since 2011, Chris has written over 2,000 articles that have been read nearly one billion times---and that"s just here at How-To Geek. Read Full Bio »
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