Office 365 system requirements changes for Office client connectivity

Back in April of 2017, Microsoft published an article stating, “Effective October 13th, 2020, Office 365 will only allow Office client connectivity from subscription clients (Office 365 ProPlus) or Office perpetual clients within mainstream support to connect to Office 365 services.”. What this meant was no more connecting to O365 services from Office 2016 after 10/12/2020.

Please click here to read the April 2017 article

Then in September of 2018, Microsoft announced the following:

Office 2016 connectivity support for Office 365 services
In addition, we are modifying the Office 365 services system requirements related to service connectivity. In February, we announced that starting October 13, 2020, customers will need Office 365 ProPlus or Office 2019 clients in mainstream support to connect to Office 365 services. To give you more time to transition fully to the cloud, we are now modifying that policy and will continue to support Office 2016 connections with the Office 365 services through October 2023.”

Please click here to read the September 2018 article

I am pleased to see Microsoft listening to customers and accommodating them. However, just because we have more breathing room does not allow us to stop planning and moving forward.

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