Office 2013 Discontinued

Microsoft had announced way back in April 2017 that they would be stopping support for Office 2013, so it should not be surprising that as of the 11th of April 2023 support for Office 2013 has ended.

What end of support means for the consumer:

Microsoft has stated on their office support page that they will no longer provide technical support, bug fixes or security fixes to vulnerabilities that or reported or discovered after 11th of April 2023. This includes software updates such as security updates which help protect your pc from harmful viruses and other malware and spyware. In addition, Microsoft will no longer offer phone or chat support for Office 2013 and most online support content will be retired.

Office 2013 for home and student use will remain functional, but getting a newer version is still recommended to remain up to date with the latest features, patches, and security updates. Some features and functionality may stop working with time.

With support ending, it’s probably best for one to purchase a newer Office license. So what options are out there and what’s the best choice for you? Well, Office 2016 and 2019 connections to Office 365 will only continue until October 2023 – so it’s probably a good idea to purchase office 2021 or higher if you want a once off license.

You can also try Office 365 for free for one month. Microsoft 365 is a subscription-based license, which holds a few benefits over the standard Office 2021 package such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Defender, Outlook, OneDrive, Editor and OneNote across multiple devices, even in a web browser and 1TB of cloud storage. In addition, Office 365 will always have the most up to date features.

In the past Microsoft had at most supported versions of Office 20xx for 7 years, so Office 2021 will still have many years to come.

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