SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has announced that it will drop support for its Office for Mac 2008 software applications on 9 April.
The technology giant announced the news on Friday, urging users to upgrade to its more recent, premium Office 365 software rental scheme.
"You can purchase an Office 365 subscription - this includes Office for Mac 2011, as well as all future upgrades to the product," said Microsoft.
"You can also still download updates for Office for Mac 2008 until 19 April 2014, but we recommend you try Office 365 for the best experience."
Office 365 is Microsoft's premium package. It grants users access to several of the company's services, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook email and calendar.
The Office 365 licence costs either £8 per month or £80 for a one year subscription and lets users install the software on up to five Mac computers. A standalone version of Office for Mac is also available for £219, though it only lets users install the software on one Mac computer.
Mac owners will still be able to run Office 2008 on their machines, though they will no longer have access to technical support or updates from Microsoft.
Microsoft plans to cut support for its newer Office for Mac 2011 software suite in January 2016. µ
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