Starting this week on October 10th, Microsoft’s Office 2007 suite of programs have begun to transition out of support and users are being encouraged to migrate to either the Office 365 service or Office 2016.
One of the major reasons for users to upgrade is the discontinuation of support for the RPC over HTTP (Outlook Anywhere) protocol which is currently used in Outlook 2007 to communicate between Outlook for Windows and Exchange. The reason for the discontinuation of support for this protocol is because its successor, MAPI over HTTP, boasts significantly higher levels of security and allows for multi-factor authentication in Office 365.
“MAPI over HTTP was not backported to Outlook 2007 or earlier versions. If you’re using Outlook 2007, you will be in an unsupported state on October 31, 2017. If you want to continue to access Exchange Online mailboxes through the Office 365 portal (portal.office.com), we recommend that you move to a current version of Outlook that is under mainstream support, or use Outlook on the web,” the official Microsoft faq recommends. “Additionally, make sure that you don’t have any Outlook add-ins or third-party apps that rely on the RPC over HTTP protocol to connect to Office 365 data.”
Microsoft is currently busy with the development of the Fall Creators Update, the next Windows 10 release. Although Windows 10 is the last version of the Windows operating, the older versions of Windows 10 will be soon no longer supported. As a result, you will need to upgrade your machine to a newer and supported version of Windows 10.
When Microsoft announced the Windows 10 Creators Update, the company also confirmed that the first Windows 10 feature update ‘November Update’, version 1511 will reach the end of servicing on October 10, next week.
Microsoft recommends that the users should upgrade their machines to a newer version of Windows 10 operating system, otherwise the machines will be vulnerable to hacks. Microsoft still continues to offer updates to the original version of Windows 10 and it is likely that the Windows 10 version 1511 will still be updated but it wouldn’t be the company’s priority.
Microsoft has also revealed that the Windows 10 version 1511 end of service impacts the following editions of the operating system:
- Windows 10 Home
- Windows 10 Pro
- Windows 10 Education
- Windows 10 Enterprise
If you are still using the older version of Windows 10, you should upgrade your machine before October 10. You can head to Settings > Security & Updates > Windows Update to install the latest updates. Alternatively, you can download the ISOs and perform a clean install.
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is coming on October 17 with major improvements such as Fluent Design. Microsoft is improving Windows 10 with every new release and it is recommended that the users should keep their devices up-to-date.