As of April 11, 2023, Microsoft will stop supporting Office 2013. The decision to end support for Office 2013 should come as no surprise. Over the past several years, Microsoft has been slowly ending support for its one-time purchase products to encourage adoption of subscription-based alternatives. With all that’s changing, IT teams have a lot to consider as they decide how to proceed.
For many organizations, transitioning to Microsoft 365—the cloud-based productivity suite that will feel most familiar to Office 2013 users—makes the most sense. However, regardless of which suite companies switch to, migrating to a new solution requires careful planning and consideration. To inform their decision, IT leaders should identify the opportunities and challenges ahead and understand the best practices to follow for successful migrations.