Microsoft recently announced that as of October 13, 2020, they will no longer provide support for Microsoft Office 2013 software connecting to back-end Office 365 services. In other words, if you have a retail desktop version of Office 2013 (the kind you purchase and install on a desktop computer), it will no longer be supported when connecting to services such as Microsoft Exchange 365 email services.
What does this mean to you?
Microsoft licensing can be complicated. What you need to do depends on what version of Microsoft Office products you are using. 3Nines Technologies can provide help with your Microsoft licensing process. If you have copies of Office 2013 running in your organization, you should plan to either upgrade these copies to Office 2019 before October 2020 or switch to an online Office 365 monthly subscription plan for those users. While your copy of Office 2013 will still work and connect with Office 365 back-end services, Microsoft will no longer offer support and you may have security and usability issues with the connection.
How 3Nines Technologies can help
3Nines Technologies is an authorized Microsoft Authorized Reseller and can help your organization with Office 365 licensing. Our Point9 Managed Desktop Service takes care of managing your Microsoft licenses. We can automatically push upgrades to your desktop users, ensuring that your company is always using the latest and most secure business applications. We can consolidate your Microsoft licensing and provide you detailed invoices showing the number of licenses you are using and where those licenses are deployed. This can save you time, money, and potential licensing violations.
Call 3Nines at 405-488-8000 ext. 103 for Microsoft licensing assistance.
Understanding Microsoft Office 365 Product Licensing
It is important to understand the difference between desktop products such as Microsoft Office 2013, 2016 and 2019 and cloud-based products such as Office 365.
Desktop products such as Office 2013, 2016 and 2019 can be purchased via retail stores, purchased and downloaded from the internet, or installed on a new computer when it is shipped. This software is designed to run stand-alone without internet service. These products can connect to the Microsoft Office 365 cloud for email, file sharing, OneNote and other services, but it is not a requirement. They are a one-time purchase product without monthly licensing fees for the desktop applications. Each time you want a major upgrade to the software, you will pay a new license fee.
Office 365 is a cloud-based licensing scheme and product. You pay monthly or annually per user to use Microsoft Office 365 products. They are designed with connectivity to the Office 365 products in mind and are tightly integrated with the Microsoft cloud. Office 365 products are regularly updated by Microsoft and since you are paying a monthly fee, you constantly get new features and upgrades at no extra cost.
Cloud services are products such as Microsoft Exchange email service, OneDrive file sharing service, Sharepoint web service, and a host of other server-based products. These back-end services are typically (but not always) included in your monthly subscription license with Microsoft.
These cloud services are an optional monthly service fee for users of Office 2013, 2016 and 2019 desktop products.