A quick tip hasn’t been posted in quite some time….actually, since around this time last year (2020). However, the Microsoft 365 Change Guide whitepaper is such an excellent, comprehensive resource that a “quick tip” post is justified. The Microsoft 365 Change Guide was initially published on January 6, 2021.
Summary: The Microsoft 365 cloud environment is a hyperscale suite of service offerings in which change is an undeniable constant. New features increase productivity and delight end users, but release of these changes must be balanced with security and compliance considerations. This whitepaper guides the audience through the Microsoft change model outlining controls, information sources, and recommendations for optimizing change strategy.
Note: The information in the Microsoft 365 Change Guide applies to the Microsoft 365 multitenant environment.
Microsoft’s goal is to provide your organization with changes that can be controlled (where possible), if deemed impactful to the organization, while still allowing the majority of changes to flow to users to enhance value, productivity, collaboration, and security.
Today, January 14, 2020, is an important date regarding the support of Office 365 ProPlus on the following operating systems: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008/2008 R2, and Windows Server 2012/2012 R2.
Below is a list of resources with detailed information on the various scenarios, along with some pertinent notes:
- Even though Windows 7 will no longer be supported after January 2020, we’ve decided to continue to provide security updates for Office 365 ProPlus for the next 3 years, until January 2023. We’re doing this to give you additional time to make the transition from running Office 365 ProPlus on devices running Windows 7 to a supported operating system, such as Windows 10. But, during that time, as long as the device is still running Windows 7, Office 365 ProPlus won’t receive any new features updates.
- This information applies even if you have purchased Extended Security Updates (ESU) for Windows 7. After January 2020, security updates for Windows 7 are only available with ESU.
- Non-subscription versions of Office used by organizations, such as Office Professional Plus 2016 or Office Standard 2013, will continue to be supported based on the Fixed Lifecycle Policy.
- This information also applies to the following:
- Desktop versions of Project and Visio that come with some subscription plans, such as the Project Online Professional plan or Visio Online Plan 2.
- Office 365 Business, which is the version of Office that is included with certain business plans, such as the Microsoft 365 Business plan and the Office 365 Business Premium plan.
- Windows Server 2008 R2 also goes out of support on January 14, 2020. After that date, running Office 365 ProPlus on Windows Server 2008 R2 won’t be supported, even if you have ESU for Windows Server 2008 R2. Like Windows 7, Version 2002 is expected to be the last version of Office 365 ProPlus that will be available for devices running Windows Server 2008 R2.
- Office 365 ProPlus will continue to be supported on Windows 8.1 through January 2023, which is the end of support date for Windows 8.1.
- Office 365 ProPlus will also continue to be supported on Windows Server 2016 until October 2025.
Microsoft resources are available to help you make the transition to using Office 365 ProPlus on devices running Windows 10, including FastTrack, Desktop App Assure, and the Desktop Deployment Center.
Note: If there are discrepancies between the information posted here and the source articles linked above, the source articles are authoritative.
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