What does end of support actually mean?
The lifecycle usually has lasted 10 years from the product’s release. This is so that Microsoft can provide better updates on newer products.
On October 13th 2020, Office 2010 will reach the end of its support cycle. When this happens, it means that Microsoft is unable to provide a number of important features such as:
- Technical support for issues
- Bug fixes for issues that are discovered
- Security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered
Because of the above changes, it is highly recommended that anybody running this software should upgrade as soon as they are able to. If you choose not to do this, you will be open to a number of vulnerabilities that won’t be able to be fixed.
What are my 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:
- Microsoft 365 Apps, the subscription version of Office that comes with many Office 365 (and Microsoft 365) enterprise and business plans.
- Office 2019, which is sold as a one-time purchase and available for one computer per license.
A key difference between the two is that Microsoft 365 Apps 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. How soon you upgrade is up to you, however the sooner you do it, the sooner you can start enjoying the benefits of the new software.
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