New minimum Outlook for Windows version requirements for Microsoft 365/Exchange Online

So just to clarify: MAPS and Stacksocial are services that sell old legit license keys?
If you purchased Office 2021 from Stacksocial, is it (still) working for you? Microsoft Office Professional 2021 for Windows: Lifetime License | StackSocial

Stacksocial is now having a sale for 3 more days for a one time purchase to Office 2021. We are still on Office 2013, so this upgrade is very attractive for 3 licenses, compare to Office 365.
 
Yeah, go with stacksocial - its the only way you'll get a legit copy cheap.

I bought it when I because aware of the offer - wanted to see if it was retail or illegally sold volume license. The key gets added to the Microsoft account, so its a consumer copy.

So, Diane, the StackSocial Office 2021 is still working for you? All responses on Microsoft domains to whether this product could legitimately be this inexpensive say NO. But I'll try if yours is still working!
 
So, Diane, the StackSocial Office 2021 is still working for you? All responses on Microsoft domains to whether this product could legitimately be this inexpensive say NO. But I'll try if yours is still working!
Late but... yes, mine is working. The key was redeemed in my Microsoft account.
 
I pursued this as an experiment and it turned into quite a saga, so I thought I'd share for the benefit of all:

After MUCH research and HOURS of watching YouTube videos and reading LOTS of articles, I found that there are totally legitimate sites that do sell totally authentic and legitimate product keys for older versions of Office. I purchased Office 2016 key for about $22 and it was easy and simple... Until Microsoft got involved. So I entered the key on office.com/setup and it validated and confirmed that it was legitimate. It allowed me to download the installer (office.exe), however, this file would not work no matter what. I tried everything (hours of troubleshooting), and after no success, I went through a gauntlet of ridiculousness with MS support. This got handed up to second-level support.

Bottom Line: It came out that the problem wasn't on my end, or my computer, or with the key or anything, but that the file stored on the MS server was corrupted and wouldn't work when downloaded. This support person had to go to some random third-party vendor who had a complete image file of Office 2016, download it, and help me extract it to get it installed. The level 2 support was actually good, but it was a character-building experience getting to that point.

The strong implication is that there are legitimate new and used copies of retail office software available for purchase, but MS doesn't want you using them because they would prefer you pay for a monthly subscription, so they leave installer files for these older versions that don't work laying around on their servers.

Anyway, it's working now, and so is my syncing with outlook.com... so all is now almost as it was in this part of the universe... whew!!

Except, now Outlook 2016 will not store/save my desired view (ie no folder pane in a dedicated calendar window, while I have a folder pane in my primary email folders/inbox window). I can't figure out how to get it to retain the view settings I give it. So gotta do more digging... unless someone here has seen this one?

Anyway, thank you for all the ideas/assistance as always Diane and company. This group is awesome!
What do you think are the implications of Microsoft not supporting older versions of Office software, such as Outlook 2016, as well as they could? I would be very happy if you could let me know, thanks
 
Technically, Outlook 2016 is either out of support or soon will be... that is normal 3 -5 years after release.

But, if the software was redeemed in your Microsoft account, activating it should continue to work for at least 10 years. But you might need to call in to activate (as Outlook 2010 and older need to do now.)
 
BTW, for most consumers, "support" is from the internet - so referring to "Microsoft support" is really just fixing bugs and security updates. Most of the security updates these days address issues relating to "specially crafted messages" that convince the user to click a link or something - and whether security updates are a problem for you depends on your level of comfort.

For some issues, Microsoft will release security updates after end of life - as they did for Office 2013 in August, six months after they stopped supporting it.
 
BTW, for most consumers, "support" is from the internet - so referring to "Microsoft support" is really just fixing bugs and security updates. Most of the security updates these days address issues relating to "specially crafted messages" that convince the user to click a link or something - and whether security updates are a problem for you depends on your level of comfort. g

For some issues, Microsoft will release security updates after end of life - as they did for Office 2013 in August, six months after they stopped supporting it.
thanks,,,

Diane Poremsky

 
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