Microsoft recently reminds its Office Suite users that “all applications in the Office for Mac 2011 suite are reaching end of support on October 10th, 2017”. And it warmed that “after that date there will be no new security updates, non-security updates, free or paid assisted support options or technical content updates.”
Considering that Apple just unveiled macOS 10.13 (High Sierra), the next release of operating system for its Macintosh computers, at the WWDC 2017, a conclusion could be made that Office for Mac 2011 will no longer be supported on the new OS. That means those Mac users who are using Office for Mac 2011 will run into compatible issues if they choose to upgrade to the latest macOS High Sierra.
Office for Mac 2011 was originally launched in October 2010, and Microsoft released its successor – Office for Mac 2016 – in 2015. It is not so surprising that Microsoft decided to end its support for the older version of its productivity suite on mac 10.13.
“Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Lync (in Office for Mac 2011) have not been tested on macOS 10.13 High Sierra, and no formal support for this configuration will be provided,” Microsoft said. The version 15.35 and later will be able to install and run on 10.13, while not Office functionality may be available, and users may encounter stability problems such as the apps quit unexpectedly. The company suggests its users to back up existing data before using Office 2016 for Mac on High Sierra. As for the version 15.34 and earlier, they are not supported on macOS 10.13.
Simply speaking, the only Office apps supported on the latest macOS High Sierra will be those apps from the Office 2016 for Mac suite with version of 15.35 or later.
The developer beta of macOS 10.13 has been available and the public beta will be coming soon. The official version of High Sierra will launch to the public in this fall.
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