This is not clickbait – Microsoft ends support for Office 2010
Welcome back to PowerPoint Training Online. This week’s article sees us hit a milestone with Office 2010. It is 10 years old.
And like many other Microsoft products that means it is time for it to come to the end of its life. You may be thinking, hasn’t this happened already. The simple answer yes and no. Yes we have moved on in terms of new versions of Office. No, because Microsoft like most companies support their products for a certain period after they have stopped being sold.
Apple, only support phones for ⅘ years. Google offers you support for their phones for 3 years. Microsoft offers you 10 years of support, from inception.
But what does this mean for you?
In short it will mean that Microsoft will no longer provide any technical support for issues you may run into. They will not look to update the software if it has any bugs or major issues and they finally will not release any security fixes that may resolve any vulnerabilities.
In short, if it breaks or gets a bug, you are on your own.
So what can I do?
Well you have a couple of different options.
- You can purchase a newer version of Microsoft Office. There is only one option for this and that is Microsoft Home and Student 2019. You can find more information here.
- You can purchase one of Microsoft’s new subscription based versions of Office, now called Microsoft 365. There are different levels of subscriptions which you can buy, these are outlined below.
- Microsoft Office365 Family – Can be used for up to 6 people, each one gets access to all the regular Office apps and 1tb of OneDrive storage. That is not shared, it is 1tb each.It also includes access to Microsoft Family Safety. You can sign up for this here.
- Microsoft Office365 Personal – This is the same as the family version however, it is only for one person. And it does not include the Microsoft Family Safety feature. You can find more information here.
- The final option is to not do anything, don’t sign up for any of the above and utilize free office apps such as Google Docs. I love Google Docs and do believe they offer a lot of value to everybody. But Microsoft apps will always be the stronger, more powerful suite, in my opinion.
You can compare all versions of Office/Microsoft 365 here. But it all boils down to personal choice. I have a Microsoft Family subscription plan because I like the fact that I can have multiple users on it. My partner and son both use my plan, which gives them access to all office programs at no extra cost.It also gives them each 1tb of storage, which is great because we all know that our devices are backed up and our most important files are safe.
Do I really need to do anything?
Although there are definitely benefits in making sure you are on supported software, it is not essential. You can continue to use your current Office 2010 package if you wish. But there will always be a chance that a bad person will try attaching a bug or virus to something you are working on, but as the software gets older, it becomes more unlikely.
If it was me, I would upgrade but it is not for everyone. And at the time of writing this, the back end of 2020, the world has more important things to be worrying about.
Is it worth going the subscription route?
If you ask me, I will always say yes. Here are a few reasons why:
- You always get the latest and greatest. When you have a Microsoft 365 subscription, you are guaranteed to have the latest features and benefits. So as Microsoft releases cool new features such as Morph. It is usually the subscription models that get them first.
- You know it is safer. With the subscription model, you are guaranteed software fixes and security upgrades. As long as you keep paying that is.
- You get that 1tb of storage. This is huge, we are in a world where computer storage drives are becoming smaller yet we are using and storing more data. Having that much cloud storage will mean you will never need to worry about storage for a long time. Add to this the added benefit of backing up your data and you can instantly see why the subscription model is worth it.
So there you have it, Microsoft ends support for Office 2010. This article was just a small warning, I do not want to have people being affected by Microsoft’s decision to end their support for Office 2010. It is a natural step in the life of any software. We all just need to make sure we are prepared.
Hopefully I have outlined the options that you have available and made them simpler to understand. This article is not designed to push you in any one direction. The aim is to create awareness. You can find more information about this on Microsoft’s website, click here.
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