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Microsoft Office Version 2013 and older - End of Life

Based on Microsoft’s product lifecycle, ITLA will be upgrading Microsoft Office products older than Office 2013 to Office 2016 on October 17th 2017.  ITLA identified approximately 701 computers that will be affected by this upgrade. These upgrades will help protect your computer and data from spyware, viruses, malware, ensure compatibility with new Microsoft software and other applications, your Microsoft Office Suite needs updated to the most current version of Office.

Product Released

Lifecycle Start Date

Mainstream Support End Date


Office 2016 for Windows and Mac



Office 2013 for Windows



Office 2011 for Mac



Office 2010 SP2 for Windows



This update can be applied in multiple ways depending on what is most convenient for you.

  1. The latest version of Office is available via the Software Center application on windows systems, and the Self Service application on Apple systems.  The Software Center and Self Service applications permit you to upgrade your Microsoft Office applications at your convenience prior to October 17, 2017.  For more information about the system changes and how to utilize Software Center or Self Service, check out our FAQ's at on our IT website.  Here are some steps to get you started – 

Windows Systems

  1. Through the start menu, open the Software Center application (Start - All Apps - Microsoft System Center - Software Center) 
  2. On the left side of the Software Center window, click on the Operating Systems button. 
  3. Click on the install button (you will not be able to work on your computer until the update is complete - up to 120 minutes). 

Apple Systems

    1. Through the Applications window, open the Self Service application (Go – Applications – Self Service)
    2. On the right side of the window, click on the Install New Software link
    3. Click on the install button under Microsoft Office 2016
  1. You are welcome to contact the IT Help Desk (814-865-3412) and we will gladly assist you through the process of updating your Microsoft Office installation on your computer.  
  2. On October 17, 2017, ITLA will push the latest Microsoft Office upgrade to your computer during the regularly scheduled OS updates and security patches.   

You will notice changes with the overall look of Office.

If you have any questions or concerns with this Office upgrade or any other technology issues, please contact the Liberal Arts IT Help Desk. 

ITLA will continue to make new Office Suite releases and patches available via Software Center. This enables our customers to install the updates at their convenience. We will continue to notify the CLA community of any other changes as Microsoft announces them.

Please note: Office 2013 is currently supported until April of 2018. Office 2013 is not part of the office upgrades being pushed on October 17th 2017.