Microsoft to end support for Microsoft Office 2010 – What Does it mean for your Business

After a decade of updates, the tech giant is stopping support for the 2010 version of Microsoft Office as of the 13th October. 

Launching back in April of 2010, MS Office 2010 proved to be a popular iteration of the iconic productivity suite, surpassing Microsoft’s own expectations for the software’s adoption – by the time the next version was released in 2013, MS Office 2010 had sold approximately 200 million licenses around the world. With this strong user base, Microsoft continued to update the program throughout its 10-year lifespan. Mainstream support stopped back in October of 2015, with extended support finally ending in October of 2020.

What does the end of support for Microsoft Office 2010 mean for me?

While versions of Microsoft Office 2010 will continue to work as normal, by continuing to use this outdated version of the software, you are putting your and your business at a disadvantage in a number of ways.

Firstly, Microsoft will also be retiring any phoneline or online support for this version of Microsoft office – this will mean you will have to rely on external support that may be unreliable. 

Furthermore, you will not be able to download any versions of the software from Microsoft’s website, which will make adding the software to new machines more difficult.

Lastly and perhaps most seriously, Microsoft will no longer be providing bug fixes and security updates to the software. This means that if any weaknesses are found in the software in the future, Microsoft won’t be releasing updates to fix them, leaving the software vulnerable to exploitation. If you are still running Microsoft 2010 when this happens, this can put you and client’s data at risk.

What can I do if I’m still using Microsoft Office 2010?

We would recommend you upgrade to the most recent version of Microsoft Office, called Office 365. Not only will this ensure you get the latest updates and security patches to make sure you and your data is safe, but you will also benefit from the most recent features Office 365 has to offer.

With comprehensive cloud functionality, using Office 365 means you and your team can work and collaborate remotely, while saving money on running onsite servers. A slick and effective business solution, if you’d like to find out more about Office 365, click here. If you would like to find out how we can help you transition to Office 365, or upgrade any of your businesses software, get in contact with us here, and one of our experts will get back to you within 24 hours.