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Microsoft checking up on old Office installations

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Microsoft checking up on old Office installations

https://www.theregister.com/2023/01/21/ ... nt_update/

Microsoft is pushing a silent update to old Office 2007/2010/2013 installations to phone home and report details to Microsoft. Purpose unknown - market survey? Precursor to special update offer? Or precursor to a downgrade of functionality to encourage Office 365 adoption? Checking up on licencing?
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whats the point. not like u have to update office. any major bugs in version that old surely were most likely already worked out years ago
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Is it silent if you see it during the update?
It caught my eye because it mentioned the version I still use.
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I’m on Office 2019 and got the “notice” the other day when I launched Outlook.
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*laughs in Office 2003*

I kinda wish I was kidding but I still have a few of them installed.
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mrweather wrote: I’m on Office 2019 and got the “notice” the other day when I launched Outlook.
What "notice"?
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It was a window that popped up with the Office365 logo which said something like “checking for software authentication” or something like that.

My Office 2019 is legit: I paid extra for it when I bought the computer new in 2019.
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mrweather wrote: My Office 2019 is legit: I paid extra for it when I bought the computer new in 2019.
Did you get a card with a serial number that you attached to your Microsoft account or was it simply pre-installed?
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I believe I got a separate card with the serial number (it was 3+ years ago). The computer is a ThinkPad T480 I ordered directly from Lenovo.
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death_hawk wrote: *laughs in Office 2003*

I kinda wish I was kidding but I still have a few of them installed.
Yes!
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mrweather wrote: I’m on Office 2019 and got the “notice” the other day when I launched Outlook.
mrweather wrote: It was a window that popped up with the Office365 logo which said something like “checking for software authentication” or something like that.

My Office 2019 is legit: I paid extra for it when I bought the computer new in 2019.
I don't know how this is relevant to this thread as it is about Office 2007/2010/2013.
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It's relevant because it also appears to be happening with newer Office products.
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mrweather wrote: It was a window that popped up with the Office365 logo which said something like “checking for software authentication” or something like that.

My Office 2019 is legit: I paid extra for it when I bought the computer new in 2019.
mrweather wrote: It's relevant because it also appears to be happening with newer Office products.
Why do you think your pop-up was related to this Windows update? "Microsoft said that it is a single-run, silent process" designed to send some info to Microsoft. If it produced a pop-up why would it have an Office365 logo? I checked my update history and didn't see this update (KB5021751) listed, so I can't say how it really runs but it is more likely that your pop-up was from some Office365 product you or Windows installed in addition to your 2019 Office on your PC, such as Teams, One Note etc.
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Probably gauging how many havr the old versions and they will wanna force ppl to get new versions and pay again…..

I just installed alternate ‘free OfficeLibre’ for the occasional need to use, free

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