Deal with Microsoft Office Compatibility Issues on High Sierra

Software compatibility is a central point of concern for all Mac users prior to and after every major macOS upgrade. Whenever members of the Apple family want to clad their Macs in new digital garbs, it is always a good idea to consider whether apps they are using would run on the new OS. The poignancy of the compatibility issue is highlighted by the removal of a dynamic binary translator Rosetta from the builds of macOS that followed Mac OS X v10.7. The arrival of macOS High Sierra has introduced a shift from 32-bit apps to 64-bit apps. That is why starting from January 2018, Apple only sells 64-bit apps from the Mac App Store. It follows that even though some legacy apps might work on the new OS, others will not be supported by it, which makes it necessary to update them to the latest versions.

Many Mac users are unwilling to switch from the earlier versions of Microsoft Office to the newer ones because of the lack of critical bugs and the familiarity with the interface. The question then arises whether the versions of the Office suite that have been dropped by the developer will be supported by macOS High Sierra. The article has been written to answer this question.

Supportability Details

At the time of writing this article, 15.35 and later versions of Office 2016 were fully supported by macOS High Sierra version 10.13, which was issued on 25 September 2017. It should be noted, however, that 15.34 and earlier versions of Office 2016 are not supported by the OS, which calls for a software upgrade. Those who will try to launch any apps of the Office suite will be presented with an error message that looks like this:

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It should be kept in mind that although some apps of Office 2011 can be launched on macOS High Sierra, the version will no longer be supported by the developer. It means that Microsoft will not issue new security updates, which are necessary for protecting a Mac from malware intrusions. Additionally, the existing support options will no longer be available.

How to Upgrade to Office 2016?

After discovering that the currently used version of Office is not compatible with High Sierra, users who wish to switch to the newest macOS should upgrade to Office 2016. The choice of an upgrading option hinges on how the Office suite has been purchased. If the user has an Office 365 subscription, there is no need to buy the new version of the software package. Simply use this Microsoft link to login to a Microsoft account that is associated with the subscription. Enter login details and click on the Install button to get the latest version of Office 2016. If, on the other hand, the legacy version of Office has been acquired on a one-time purchase basis, a user needs to switch to the newest version by either subscribing or making one more purchase. It is worth noting that a one-time purchase does not avail a free trial option. Additionally, the stand-alone suite does not have cross-platform compatibility, which is unlocked at every subscription level.