One of the benefits of using cloud based services is that you are kept in an evergreen environment. As a result system requirements will be updated and changed to support the enhancements made to the services.
Recently the Office 365 System Requirements document was updated to include new requirements and end of support dates for specific operating systems, client software and browsers.
Two items stand out to me as being very important. The first is that as of June 1st users will need SP1 installed for Office 2010. The second item is that after October 1st Office 365 will not support Internet Explorer 7.
Below is a summary of the changes you need to be aware of. These dates are related to Office 365 support only.
End of Support for Operating Systems
January 1, 2013 – Windows Server 2003
January 1, 2014 – Windows XP
January 1, 2014 – Windows Vista
Office Client Changes
As of June 1, 2012 Office 2010 will require SP1
Outlook 2003 can be used for email using POP and IMAP only
End of Support for Office Clients
April 9, 2013 – Office 2008 for Mac
April 9, 2013 – Entourage 2008 Web Services Edition
April 8, 2014 – Outlook 2003
Browser Requirement Changes
Support now covers latest Firefox “Release” version only.
Support now covers latest Chrome “Stable” version only.
End of Support for Browsers
October 1, 2012 – Internet Explorer 7
October 1, 2012 – Safari 4