Backwards and Forwards compatibility in a hybrid government environment.....thought experiments

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So, I'm an IT PM in a local government.  We are moving from on prem to cloud, and should be shutting our onprem servers down soon....with that comes a move to O/M365 apps for enterprise (Office ProPlus) but several of the apps we use (read this: Oracle) do not support M365 apps for enterprise, and the roadmap (if there is one) is wayyyyy out there (Oracle - Dec2021).

 

So my Finance Dept heavily uses PeopleSoft products and several Admins across the City interact with these spreadsheets.  I am concerned that now Office 2013, which is still on the majority of machines due to these support issues, is not receiving Feature updates -- how will it interact with SharePoint/Teams among users with the current unsupported version?

 

I asked the Finance Admin to thought experiment with me, and we would take an obsolete file with public data and try to use it in a typical scenario (I have ProPlus, she is in 2013) -- she came back and told me the accountants ae often using compatibility mode, as many of their documents were originally 97-2003 spreadsheets.

 

I'm very concerned the fan is going to get very dirty - am I unnecessarily borrowing trouble, or do we need to have an intervention.  It's a repeated backwards/forwards issue that concerns me.  Especially when loading/downloading from SP.

 

How do you all deal with Excel when NOT-"intergrated" applications require your departments to use multiple versions?

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