Office 2013 support in Office 365 … The end is nigh…

Office 2013 support in Office 365 … The end is nigh…

Being a Microsoft Office 365 Partner am keen to follow any news concerning feature changes and updates to Office365. Microsoft announced via this blog, that Office 2013 clients’ connections to commercial Office 365 services will not be supported after October 13, 2020. After this date, ongoing investments in the Office 365 cloud services – including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business – will proceed based on post-Office 2013 requirements.

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Announcing availability of an updated Page Diagnostics Tool for SharePoint

Announcing availability of an updated Page Diagnostics Tool for SharePoint

Am a keen follower of Microsoft's SharePoint Blog and proud to provide this direct from the Microsoft Tech Community:

Today we’re pleased to announce availability of the next release of the Page Diagnostics Tool for SharePoint (Version 2.0.0) which now includes the ability to assess modern and classic SharePoint pages. 

The Page Diagnostics Tool for SharePoint is a Chromium Browser Extension (can be used in Chrome and  Microsoft Edge version 77 or later) designed to help you identify site pages in SharePoint Online that may not be delivering optimal performance.

 

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The Page Diagnostics Tool works by comparing discovered characteristics of a site page in SharePoint Online to known best practices and provide guidance towards remediation of those issues to ensure you are delivering the best possible experience across these pages.  In addition to addressing performance of existing pages, the Page Diagnostics Tool can also be used to evaluate existing pages before they are published in your environment. As such it is recommended that you use the tool to evaluate new pages or changes to pages prior to publication in your production tenant or as part of your development life cycle in your development tenant.

 

The Page Diagnostics Tool is currently available as a Chrome Browser Extension that can be downloaded directly or installed through the Chrome web store.

 

For additional information on installing and using the Page Diagnostics Tool, refer to the getting started guide https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/enterprise/page-diagnostics-for-spo

 

The Page Diagnostic Tool also provides detailed information on a variety of characteristics useful for support and troubleshooting purposes to include the current CorrelationID which is helpful when engaging Microsoft support as well as page load time, and the current URL for the page being evaluated.  An additional preview feature has also been included to further assist when working with Microsoft support, “Enable exporting to HTTP Archive (HAR) – Preview”. This can be used to provide debugging data to the Microsoft support engineer.
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For information on how to use this information, refer to support documentation for the Page Diagnostics Tool at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/enterprise/page-diagnostics-for-spo

 

The tool can analyze both modern and classic sites, but analysis rules for certain tests may use different values to accommodate differences in page architecture.

 

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Rules will be added and adjusted with each release so please ensure you update the tool to the latest version. Each rule has an associated “Learn more” link which will take you to the supporting page providing more insights on the rule for the Attention Required (red) and Improvement Opportunities (yellow) sections so that you can review what actions to take.

 

Please use the additional resources section on the start page for the tool should you require additional information on how to use the tool or how to tune SharePoint online performance. 

 

You can also use the ellipse in the top right corner to get to these links.

 

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You can also use the give feedback link to connect directly to UserVoice and log suggested functionality for the tool.

 

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The About link will show you the current version as well as the third-party notice.

 

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We look forward to your feedback as we continue to consider scenarios for future versions of the Page Diagnostics Tool for SharePoint and trust that the recommendations will guide you towards great performing pages.

The above is kindly provided by the Microsoft Tech Community!

Office 365 system requirements changes for Office client connectivity

Editor’s note:

Changes have been made to the Office 365 system requirements. Go here to see the September 6, 2018 update and announcement: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2018/09/06/helping-customers-shift-to-a-modern-desktop/

 

Today on the Office blog, we announced changes to Office 365 system requirements for Office client connectivity and how we will make it easier for enterprises to deploy and manage Office 365 ProPlus. In this post, we are sharing some more detail on what the system requirement changes mean for IT between now and 2020 and why we’ve decided to make this change.

 

As technology evolves, system requirements need to change

The new system requirements provide clarity and predictability for client connectivity to Office 365 services. When customers connect to Office 365 with a legacy version of Office, they’re not enjoying all that the service has to offer – The IT security and reliability benefits and end user experiences in the apps is limited to the features shipped at a point in time.

 

When we release new on-premises apps and servers, we use that opportunity to update the system requirements. But there is not yet a common convention on when to update system requirements for a multitenanted cloud service that is always up to date. In absence of that, we are sharing these system requirement changes as early as possible and as part of a larger discussion of the Office 365 ProPlus roadmap for deployment and management capabilities.

 

As we get closer to 2020, we will share more details about implementation and the user experience for affected desktop clients. The updated Office 365 system requirements for Business Enterprise and Government plans state:

 

Effective October 13th, 2020, Office 365 will only support client connectivity from subscription clients (Office 365 ProPlus) or Office perpetual clients within mainstream support (Office 2016 and Office 2019). (Please refer to the Microsoft support lifecycle site for Office mainstream support dates.)

 

Here is a high level summary of  the implications for client connectivity in 2020, depending on how you use Office 365:

 

 Connectivity to Office 365

Impact of change

Technical implications

Recommended actions

Office 365 ProPlus or Office clients in mainstream support (Office 2016 and Office 2019)

No change

Plan for regular updates to stay within support window

No action required

Office clients outside mainstream support

Client connectivity no longer supported

Office desktop client applications, such as Outlook, OneDrive for Business and Skype for Business clients will not connect to Office 365 services

Upgrade to current version of ProPlus or mainstream Office clients or use browser or mobile apps

browser and mobile apps

No change

No change

No action required

Office desktop clients outside mainstream support not using Office 365

No change

Set your own desktop upgrade timeline, in line with your on-premises server upgrades. When planning to move to Office 365 services, an Office client upgrade will be required

No action required

 

 

2020 may sound like a long way away, but your feedback to us has been consistent on the more advanced notice for Office 365 changes, the better. Providing over 3 years advance notice for this change to Office 365 system requirements for client connectivity gives you time to review your long-term desktop strategy, budget and plan for any change to your environment.

 

For now, the key takeaway is: Office 365 ProPlus is our recommended Office client for Office 365 users. This is the Office client that stays up to date with frequent feature releases and ensures the best service experience.

 

Here are some resources to help you plan for a ProPlus upgrade:

 

Thank you!