Microsoft and Adobe are ending technical support this month for two software programs commonly used in law practices. As a result, firms using the programs run a greater risk of virus infections and attacks from cyber criminals.
Microsoft ends its support for Office 2007 on Oct. 10, and Adobe terminates its support for Acrobat 11 and Adobe Reader 11 on Oct. 15.
This doesn’t mean that the programs will suddenly stop working on those dates, says Dewey Cantrell, ISBA Information Systems analyst. It just means that there will be no more updates to fix bugs and security issues.
Attorneys using these programs should upgrade to newer versions (Office 2010, 2013, 2016 in the case of the Microsoft programs), and Adobe Acrobat DC and Adobe Reader DC in the case of the Adobe products. Some may want to switch to Office 365, which is a subscription-based product, to take advantage of continual updates.
To read more about the Office 2007 “end of life,” as Microsoft terms it, and what to do about it, click here. Read about Adobe’s “end of support” for Acrobat 11 and Reader 11 at this link.