Microsoft Fully Drops Support for Office for Mac 2011

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Microsoft has officially ended support for Office for Mac 2011 as scheduled, nearly seven years after the software suite was first released.


2011 versions of Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint will no longer receive feature or security updates as of October 10, 2017. Any form of paid or free technical support from Microsoft has also ended indefinitely.

Microsoft Lync for Mac 2011 still has an extended support period through October 9, 2018 for any possible security updates.

Since the mainstream support period for the rest of the Office for Mac 2011 was already extended beyond the usual five years, there is no extended support period for those apps. In other words, support has completely ended.

Earlier this year, Microsoft said it had not even tested Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Lync on macOS High Sierra, but some users on the web have reported that the suite is mostly functional on the new operating system.
Word 2011 totally works in High Sierra: pic.twitter.com/whpRH0bQeV - Spider Mann (@spidermann) September 30, 2017

Microsoft recommends users upgrade to Office 2016 for Mac, which is fully supported on macOS High Sierra. OS X 10.10 or later is required.

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yesjam

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I'm still on Office 2011 on my Mac which is running High Sierra. Works just as well as always, which is to say that while it is a bloated and laggy piece of software, it is no more bloated and laggy than it was previously.

I tried installing 2016 on this same Mac last year and found it to be an even worse experience so I promptly re-installed 2011.

The price of Office 365 or a standalone copy of Office for one computer + the inherent level of B.S. one has to put up with when using Microsoft Office means that I can't justify "up"grading from 2011.
 

jblagden

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I'm currently using LibreOffice, so I'm unaffected. Though, I also have Microsoft Office 2016.
 

MartiNZ

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agh i hate these months subscriptions
Yeah it is getting too much with the things they want us to subscribe to. I bought 2013 on Windows and am much happier with actual ownership in that sense. Just making it another bill to pay, and making it less obvious to people that it is expensive, is a nasty tactic, but then again, I played WoW for years so can hardly talk.

On the product, 2011 is looking seriously old at this point, with the half-assed ribbon implementation and remaining compatibility issues. From what I've seen, 2016 really does try to mimic the Windows version as best possible, although am I right it doesn't have some of the latest features like graphical histograms in Excel?
 

masterhiggins

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I'm still on Office 2011 on my Mac which is running High Sierra. Works just as well as always, which is to say that while it is a bloated and laggy piece of software, it is no more bloated and laggy than it was previously.

I tried installing 2016 on this same Mac last year and found it to be an even worse experience so I promptly re-installed 2011.

The price of Office 365 or a standalone copy of Office for one computer + the inherent level of B.S. one has to put up with when using Microsoft Office means that I can't justify "up"grading from 2011.
I'm still on 2011 myself. I bought a retail box version of the teacher/student edition on eBay several months ago. If they still had a student/teacher edition for the newer versions then I'd switch.
 
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Sirious

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I'm still on 2011 myself. I bought a retail box version of the teacher/student edition on eBay several months ago. If they still had a student/teacher edition for the newer versions then I'd switch.
Not judging you, but why do you use that version? What extras are in it? :)
 

Solomani

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You would be surprised to find out how many companies and municipalities are still using Microsoft Office 2007. Some are even still using Windows Server 2003.
But that's negligent of them as corporations (and government agencies) since those outdated software are exactly the optimal targets for hackers, malware, trojans, etc. — especially now that MS will no longer update or issue security patches.
 

eicca

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I just barely switched back from Office 2016 to Office 2011. Trying to use dictation in Word 2016 was a complete garbage fire. Plus Office 2011 takes up almost 5 GB less drive space and it actually saves my open windows when I close the application. And 2011 runs way faster than 2016.
 

scottcampbell

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Still using it.
For those who can, I recommend Google as an alternative. Docs, sheets, slides, email, etc. More than sufficient in many cases.
 
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Microsoft has officially ended support for Office for Mac 2011 as scheduled, nearly seven years after the software suite was first released.


2011 versions of Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint will no longer receive feature or security updates as of October 10, 2017. Any form of paid or free technical support from Microsoft has also ended indefinitely.

Microsoft Lync for Mac 2011 still has an extended support period through October 9, 2018 for any possible security updates.

Since the mainstream support period for the rest of the Office for Mac 2011 was already extended beyond the usual five years, there is no extended support period for those apps. In other words, support has completely ended.

Earlier this year, Microsoft said it had not even tested Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Lync on macOS High Sierra, but some users on the web have reported that the suite is mostly functional on the new operating system.

Microsoft recommends users upgrade to Office 2016 for Mac, which is fully supported on macOS High Sierra. OS X 10.10 or later is required.

(Thanks, Jacob Harvey!)

Article Link: Microsoft Fully Drops Support for Office for Mac 2011
I’m confused when you say MS dropped support for Office 2011. Just this morning I received an update for Office 2008?
 

OldSchoolMacGuy

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You would be surprised to find out how many companies and municipalities are still using Microsoft Office 2007. Some are even still using Windows Server 2003.
I'm not surprised at all. Just because companies are cheap and don't want to bother spending money to upgrade unless they absolutely have to shouldn't be the fault of the app developers.
 
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