Microsoft Ending Support for 2007 Product Line
It looks like October 10th is an important day for alot of organizations as Microsoft discontinues support for its 2007 Product line. Microsoft is basically saying the following:
"Office 2007 reaches the end of its support lifecycle this year, meaning there will be no new security updates, non-security updates, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates. Customers who are using Office 2007 products and services should start planning to move to Office 365 or upgrade to supported versions of Office products and services, such as Office 2016."
As Microsoft is clearly pointing out and encouraging is to look at Office 365 as a viable option moving forward. Each IT organization will have to evaluate the pluses and minuses of either upgrading to the latest version of SharePoint or Project Server for example or looking at Office 365 as a way to move servers and apps into the cloud.
I'll elaborate more in future posts, but here are two points to consider as you plan your next steps:
Number One: Moving to Office 365 simply may not be an option due to restrictions about your data moving to the cloud so you'll be faced with which version to upgrade to. At that point you will then need to consider hardware and software requirements. Enterprise applications such as Project Server will require the latest version of SharePoint Enterprise and you'll need to factor that in to your licensing and hardware needs.
Number Two: If you are running the 2007 version you have multiple options, four in fact: Upgrading to 2010, going to 2013 or 2016 and now of course Office 365 Project Online. In all cases, you have to go through 2010 if you are doing a database upgrade. I am going through some of those now. If you are going to Project Online that is a different scenario because we have to manually bring the projects over. This approach will affect the historical data of the projects you are bringing over and that should be factored into your decision.
As Microsoft points more customers to the cloud and discontinues support for older versions and platforms, its customers are faced with wide range of options moving forward. Here are a few links to help you as you evalute your options:
Good luck and let us know if we can help.