Office 2007 Professional, what to upgrade to that is installed, not cloud?

We are upgrading our servers to Windows Server 2016 and our Exchange server to Exchange 2013.  We are currently running SBS 2008 and Exchange 2007 and the workstations are Win7Pro with Office 2007 Professional.

First thing, I am not going to the cloud. We have always and will continue to host our own stuff.  Please help keep this focused on installed apps, not cloud.

I understand we will need to downgrade one instance of server 2016 to 2012 to run Exchange 2013.  

Which Office product should we buy for the workstations? I think it needs to be the Professional version.
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SeanConnect With a Mentor System EngineerCommented:
You can still buy MS office. Even if you do office 365 you can still get the office only version. Might as well go with 2016 on that as it can still connect to exchange 2013 without any problems.

Why are you only going to exchange 2013 when 2016 is available and still be hosted locally?
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wfcrrAuthor Commented:
Apparently there is no way to go from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2016.  Or, that is what I am told.
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wfcrrAuthor Commented:
I just got a quote from Dell that has MS Office Pro 2016 priced at 457.19.  Are there earlier versions of MS Office Pro I can use that would cost less, or be less punitively priced?
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Cliff GaliherConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Do you need pro?  If you are insistent on buying, there are several variants of office 2016. I'd not recommend intentionally buying older.

Or you can subscribe. Office 365 ProPlus subscriptions are the desktop apps, but delivered as an always up-to-date "version less" offering. This isn't apps in the cloud. They are desktop versions. But it isnt a perpetual license. It is a subscription. Don't read "Office 365" and assume it is a cloud play. It isn't.
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Cliff GaliherConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I also agree. I can't see intentionally buying exchange 2013. Premature obsolescence. While you can't directly go from 2007 to 2016, you can use downgrade rights to do a two-hop migration using 2010/2013 as just an anterior placeholder. As long as you are investing in a large migration, might as well go all in.
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wfcrrAuthor Commented:
Hi Cliff

I don't know why we had to go with Pro for Office 2007. We had originally thought we would use shared folders in Outlook 2007, but we do not use shared folders.  We do run in cached Exchange mode. Other than that, I don't know.
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McKnifeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Install 2012 with exchange 2013 temporarily and then move to 2016 on 2016. You don't need a license for exchange 2013 to do that 2-step-migration. Going to 2013 now, when 2019 is out by the end of the year is not really a good step.
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Cliff GaliherConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If you aren't using MS Access or Skype for Business the Office 2016 Standard is a less expensive option for perpetual licenses  if a subscription isn't your cup of tea.
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wfcrrAuthor Commented:
@ Cliff and McKnife, are you saying Exchange 2016 comes with downgrade rights so I can do a 2 hop migration to get to Exchange 2016?

@Cliff, is there a better way to navigate Microsoft on choosing an Office version?  I hadn't seen the Office 2016 Standard version you just recommended. That sounds like a good option for us.
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McKnifeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Installing 2013 temporarily unlicensed is possible and should not bother anyone if it's just done to migrate the data to a licensed exchange 2016.
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wfcrrAuthor Commented:
@McKnife, thanks for that. I'll ask the tech that helps with the migration about doing that.
@Cliff, do you mind sharing a link to Office 2016 Standard? When I try to find it on Microsoft, it gets confusing and I don't see that version.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I just got a quote from Dell that has MS Office Pro 2016 priced at 457.19.  Are there earlier versions of MS Office

You should be using Office 2016 and not use earlier versions at this point.  As suggested above get a Volume License for Office 2016 and see if pricing is less.  It should be.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Microsoft won't sell 2016 direct. They will sell you a 365 ProPlus direct ("which is just client apps with no cloud services attached.

If you want perpetual licenses for office 2016 Standard then you have to purchase VL (mmmaaayyybe retail but I doubt it) and that means buying from a Microsoft partner. CDW or similar is a place to go for pricing.
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McKnifeCommented:
There exist perpetual licenses in the retail channel. However, those are clicktorun installations and these have some specialties like for example they cannot be kept up2date using WSUS.
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wfcrrAuthor Commented:
I cannot tell how the points were awarded. This is one of those "improvements" EE made that is just dumb as rocks.  I used to be able to split the points with various experts, according to the helpfulness of their posts. Now, I can seem to figure out if that is happening, or not.
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McKnifeCommented:
The answering wizard lets you distribute points manually if needed. Just look closely the next time.
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