End of Support Excel/PowerPoint Viewers & Compatibility Pack

The Excel viewer, PowerPoint viewer, PowerPoint 2007 viewer, and the Office Compatibility Pack will be retired in April, 2018.


At that time, they will no longer be available for download and will no longer receive security updates.


Microsoft recommends using these applications to view Excel or PowerPoint files:


  • On Windows 10 PCs, download the free Excel Mobile or PowerPoint Mobile application from the Windows Store.
  • On iOS devices, download the free Excel or PowerPoint for iOS application from the Apple Store.
  • On Android devices, download the free Excel or PowerPoint for Android application from the Google Play store.
  • Try Office 365 for free for 1 month, which gives you access to the full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and more and can be installed on up to 5 PCs or Macs, plus up to 5 tablets and 5 phones.
  • On Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 PCs, upload the file to OneDrive and view it for free using Excel or PowerPoint Online


Microsoft maintains a list of viewer applications for some of its Microsoft Office applications that Windows users may run to read documents without having Office or a compatible third-party Office solution installed on a Windows machine.


Get office 365 here : office.com/setup


The company added a note to the download pages of PowerPoint Viewer and Excel Viewer as well. The PowerPoint note informs users that the application will be retired in April 2018, the Excel note that it will be retired in November 2018.


Third-party options to view Office documents:

  • Online services such as Google Docs, Dropbox or Zoho Docs.
  • Free Office programs such as LibreOffice, OpenOffice or FreeOffice.


For more details, visit : www.office.com/setup


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