Microsoft at It Again: Forced Office Upgrades


Microsoft will be ending support for Office 2013 through Office 365 ProPlus on February 28th, 2017. According to their TechNet article, “We recommend that you upgrade to the Office 2016 version of Office 365 ProPlus as soon as possible.”. While Microsoft will force users to upgrade their Office installation this does not include Office installations through Professional Plus, Professional, and Standard editions. So basically, if you are leveraging Office licensing via Office 365 you will be forced to upgrade. 

After the mainstream support end date:


  • The 2013 version of Office 365 ProPlus and all language packs will no longer be available for installation from the Office 365 Admin Center.
  • The 2013 version of the Office Deployment Tool will no longer be supported and will no longer be available from the Microsoft Download Center.
  • Microsoft will not release any feature updates for this version of Office
  • There will be no support whatsoever for this version of Office.


They go on to state,

“Microsoft will not provide notification before implementing potentially disruptive changes that may result in a service interruption for users of the 2013 version of Office 365 ProPlus.”

This is no surprise to those working within the Microsoft ecosystem but it is disappointing to see that they are up to their old tricks once again. If you need help understanding the impact this might have to your organization please contact us for a free assessment.