Microsoft ceased all sales of Microsoft Office 2007 in 2010. As an alternative, consumers can purchase Microsoft Office 365 or Microsoft Office 2016. Microsoft Office 365 is available through Microsoft’s online Web store, and Microsoft Office 2016 is available online and with retailers such as Best Buy.
Microsoft Office 365 comes in different tiers such as Office 365 Home and the Office 365 Personal and Student versions. A customer can make a one-time purchase or opt for a monthly subscription to use Office 365. Consumers can make one-time purchases of Microsoft Office 2016 and own it indefinitely when buying the perpetual version.
A U.S. district court judge ordered Microsoft to cease all sales of Microsoft Office 2007, since Microsoft infringed upon the patent of Canadian software company i4i. Microsoft used i4i’s XML code in its Microsoft Office 2007 program without i4i’s permission. Microsoft appealed the case but lost.
The judge also ordered Microsoft to pay i4i $300 million in damages. As a result of this patent infringement, Microsoft can no longer sell the product. Consumers who owned the product no longer have support for the software, as Microsoft terminated support for Office 2007 in October 2012. Extended support ends in 2017 for consumers who purchased the extended support service.