Microsoft has extended the support period for its Office 2007 productivity suite, adding on an additional six months of support to the mainstream support phase.
Users will be able to receive non-security updates, free incident support and warranty claims, until 9 October, the firm explained.
Customers will still be able to receive security updates, paid support and product-specific documentation for the platform through to 10 October 2017 under the extended support programme.
A Microsoft spokesperson told V3 that the extension was made to keep the support timetable in line with Microsoft's policies.
The company seeks to support each release of Office for a span of five years after its release or two years after the release of the next version.
The successor to Office 2007, Office 2010, was made available to the public in June of 2010.
"Based on our support policies, we moved the end-of-life support dates for the Microsoft Office Division 2007 editions forward to October to give two full years of mainstream support after the launch of the 2010 products," the spokesperson said.
The extension for Office 2007 comes just days after Microsoft set a formal termination date for two of its most popular products.
The company said that both Windows XP and Office 2003 would be exiting their support cycles in two years time and would no longer be receiving security or documentation updates.
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