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Microsoft wants to count users of older Office versions with update – PC – news

With this update, the company wants to measure the number of Windows users who are still using older Microsoft Office 2007, 2010, and 2013 versions.

What do they want with this information?
Will they continue to release patches for older versions?
I feel a bit like this, but I don’t know if it comes from MS itself or if it’s a journalistic interpretation.

To be honest, I don’t know if I want patches for older Office versions.
On the one hand, I would naturally like users to use their purchases as long as possible. If such an old version of Office will do (and I think most people will be fine with it) why force them to upgrade?

On the one hand, I think that supporting legacy software is difficult and keeping a package like Office secure seems like a big challenge to me. Maybe it would be better if we didn’t even try. If you start to think this way, you will soon come to a subscription from a la O365 where you pay for it monthly and always have the latest version. From a support point of view, there is a lot to be said for this.

But then you lose part of your independence. If your account is closed for any reason, for example because you don’t have funds for a while, you won’t be able to do anything, and if your data is in the cloud, you won’t be able to access it anymore.
It is also difficult when future costs are uncertain. In principle, this subscription can quickly become more expensive. Now they’re not likely to suddenly double the price, but there’s also little pressure to make the price as low as possible.

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Once on this train, getting off is tough. I understand very well that people stick with their old software, even if it’s not very useful from a security point of view.