While it might seem that the date is still comfortable to upgrade to newer software administrators need to burn in the info that Microsoft’s Office 2007/Exchange 2007 client and server software is set to exit support in October 2017, and extended custom support agreements are going away.
This comes especially hard for larger enterprise customers with gazillion of clients since it wont be possible to extend support a bit longer as part of their premier status anymore.
Microsoft wont be offering this custom support extension as in the past.
An official company spokesperson has released the following statement:
“The Office 2007 wave of products will be reaching end of support over the next 12 months, as per Microsoft Lifecycle Policy. After those end of support dates, we will no longer offer custom support on any version of Office products (Exchange Server; Office Suites; SharePoint Server; Office Communications Server; Lync Server; Skype for Business Server; Project Server and Visio).
“In the past we have offered custom support for a subset of Office products to customers with Premier support contracts. We have seen demand for custom support decline as more customers move to Office 365. Note that this change applies only to custom support, but does not impact any of the standard support offerings.
“As always, customers should consult with their account manager regarding their individual migration plans, and may consider services such as Software Assurance Deployment & Planning Services for on-premises upgrades, and Microsoft FastTrack for cloud migrations.