Microsoft Extends Mainstream Support for Office 2004 for Mac until January 10, 2012
Microsoft is extending the Mainstream Support retirement date for Office 2004 for Mac to January 10, 2012, instead of October 13, 2009, as originally scheduled.
This decision was made to ensure continuous cross-platform compatibility for Office 2004 customers that are still reliant on Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). Office 2008 for Mac shipped without VBA support. Since release of Office 2008 for Mac, Microsoft has announced that it will include the VBA functionality in the next release of Office for Mac. To bridge this gap, Microsoft is extending Mainstream Support for Office 2004 Mac to January 10, 2012. With this additional support, customers running Office 2004 for Mac will continue to enjoy all the benefits provided during Mainstream Support, including no-charge security hotfixes, until January 10, 2012. >
Note, this extension does not reflect any change to the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy for other current or future-release Microsoft products, including Office for Mac. As per the Policy, Macintosh products will continue to receive a minimum of five years of Mainstream Support, at a supported service pack level.
The Microsoft Support Lifecycle (MSL) policy provides transparent, predictable information regarding the support lifecycle of Microsoft products. More information is available on the MSL Web site http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle.