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Microsoft to end support for Office for Mac 2008 on April 9

updated 04:57 pm EDT, Thu April 4, 2013

Update downloads to remain live until 19th

Microsoft will end support for Office 2008 for Mac on April 9, according to an official blog post. After that deadline, the company will no longer release any new updates for the software. People will, however, be able to download existing updates until April 19. It's unknown if Microsoft will post one final patch before the 9th.

The last major update of Office for Mac was the 2011 version. Mac owners can either buy a copy of that, or pay for an Office 365 subscription, which currently includes Office 2011. Office 365 subscriptions also covers any future Office upgrades so long as a agreement remains active.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Geoduck

    Junior Member

    Joined: 01-14-10

    I guess that means...

    my Office.X is not covered any longer either?

  1. MacMan2000

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 08-29-08

    ok so.....

    Windows 98 end support in 2006 (8 years support)

    windows xp released 2001.... ended support 2008, no wait 2010, im sorry 2014 (didnt mean to upset all those buissneses out there.... we will continue to support it forever. (13 years support)

    office xp ...... 10 years support
    office 2007 ..... ends in 2017........ oh wait, thats one year AFTER office 2011 for mac ends support. WOW!

  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 01-25-07


    "able to download existing updates until April 19."

    The article is unclear. Seems you can currently download updates for Office 2004. You just have to go to

    The article allows the interpretation of "no downloads" will be available after the 19th. The link above would indicate this is not the case for software out of the support phase. Maybe this only applies to the Microsoft Auto Update software?

  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 01-25-07

    Ah! April 19th, 2014.

    You will be able download existing updates until April 19th, 2014. At least from the Microsoft Mac site. Probably through the Microsoft Auto Update application for 2008 as well, but...

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