I posted a couple of days ago of the potential that Office 365 preview that Microsoft launched last summer would expire today. However, it appears that we had a false alarm! A news reporter of Neowin.net, John Callaham, noted that different people were seeing different expiration dates for Office 365 preview. Newoin, hence, contacted Microsoft about the issue. Microsoft had this to say:
Your trial will not expire but in fact renew automatically. However, the trial will still expire 60 days after the next version of Office becomes available…..people who see the notification in their billing section will not have to reset anything, it will be done automatically. If people have not checked the billing site until now then they wouldn’t have known that something similar has happened in previous months.
I apologize for any inconvenience you may have had. You can still continue to use Office 365 preview or download a trial version of Office 2013 Professional Plus for free until the final version of Office 2013 and Office 365 ships.
Update: There has been more recent information about this issue. Please see the latest post on this matter. False Alarm! Office 365 Preview Doesn’t Expire Yet
Last summer, Microsoft offered users a free, beta, version of Microsoft Office 2013 via a preview version of Office 356. They noted that this preview version of Office 365 would expire about 90 days after Office 2013 hits RTM. Well, folks, it seems that that time has arrived. At the time of this writing, Office 365 preview will expire in just over a day.
If you are still using it, I strongly recommend you uninstall it. You can continue to use an older version of Office that you own. (Note, you were able to run the older and the beta version side by side.) Office 365 should become available for purchase later this month. With the Office 365 subscription, you can own the entire Office suite for a very low price (relatively). If you can’t wait to get your hands on the final version of Office 2013, you can download a trial version of Office 2013 RTM. Note that this trial expires in 60 days after you install it.