Microsoft are ending support for Office 2010 from 13th October 2020.
You may well have a mixture of versions in your business from 2010, 2013 to 2016, 2019 and Office 365, however it’s only the 2010 version that you need to think about in preparation for next year.
What does end of support mean?
Office 2010, like almost all Microsoft products, has a support lifecycle during which Microsoft provide bug fixes and security fixes. This lifecycle lasts for a certain number of years from the date of the product’s initial release. For Office 2010, the support lifecycle is 10 years. The end of this lifecycle is known as the product’s end of support. When Office 2010 reaches its end of support on 13th October 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide the following:
- Technical support for issues
- Bug fixes for issues that are discovered
- Security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered.
Because of the changes listed above, we strongly recommend that you upgrade as soon as possible before October next year.
What are your options?
With Office 2010 reaching its end of support, this is a good time to explore your options and prepare an upgrade plan to either of these latest versions of Office:
- Office 365, the subscription version of Office that you can purchase on a monthly or annual subscription.
- Office 2019, which is sold as a one-time purchase and available for one computer per license.
A key difference between Office 365 and Office 2019 is that Office 365 is updated on a regular basis, as often as monthly, with new features. Office 2019 only has the same features that it had when it was released in October 2018.