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Article ID: 978592 - Last Review: December 21, 2009 - Revision: 1.2

Introduction

This article discusses the versions (32-bit and 64-bit versions) of Microsoft Office that are supported in Windows 7 .

Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007 Microsoft Office system are tested and supported in Windows 7. Microsoft Office XP is approaching the end of its support life cycle. Currently, Office XP is in the Extended Support period of the support life cycle. During this period, only security issues are addressed by updates. All support for Office XP will end on July 12, 2011.

Note Microsoft Office 2000 and earlier releases of Microsoft Office are beyond their 10-year support life cycles. Therefore, these products are not supported on any version of Windows.

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Because Office XP and Office 2003 are on Extended Support status, there are no design or functionality updates available for these products to address issues that occur when these products are run in Windows 7. Additionally, no more service packs will be released for these versions of Office. For more information about the support policy for these and other versions of Office, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifeselectoff (http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifeselectoff)


The 2007 Office system is the recommended and optimal version of Office for Windows 7. These products are still on Mainstream support status, and they are assigned the Windows 7 logo. For more information about Microsoft Office and other products that are identified as compatible with Windows 7, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/en-us/Default.aspx?type=Software (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/en-us/Default.aspx?type=Software)


For more information about the Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT Professionals, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=890e522e-e39e-4278-aebc-186f81e29173 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=890e522e-e39e-4278-aebc-186f81e29173)


For more information about Microsoft Support Lifecycle (MSL) policies, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifepolicy (http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifepolicy)

APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Office Basic 2007
  • Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2007
  • Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007
  • Microsoft Office Small Business 2007
  • Microsoft Office Standard 2007
  • Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007
  • Microsoft Office 2003 Personal Edition
  • Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office Standard Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office Student and Teacher Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office XP Personal
  • Microsoft Office XP Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Office XP Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Office XP Standard Edition for Students and Teachers
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