Are you still using Microsoft Office 2010?
If so, Microsoft recently issued a reminder you may not like.
Extended Support for Office 2010 expires on October 13th, 2020, so time is running out to upgrade. The company’s official recommendation is to upgrade to either Office 365 ProPlus, or Office 2019.
Every Microsoft product has a specific support lifecycle during which the company keeps rolling out updates to offer new features, bug fixes, support, and many other services. Microsoft has set that lifecycle to 10 years for each product, starting from the date of initial release. When the lifecycle ends, you can say that the product has reached its “end of support.”
There are a number of students and professionals out there who are still using Microsoft Office 2010, due to reliance on old systems or some other reason. Microsoft urges those users to upgrade to a more recent version—because on October 13, 2020, Office 2010 will officially be 10 years old and thus at the end of its support lifecycle.
Many people ask: Why do this? Why leave something that is working to rot and render it useless? The answer is simple—while Office 2010 was the best and most technologically advanced suite out there at the time of its release, that is no longer the case. Now, Microsoft Office 2019 holds that mantle with exceptional support and innovative technologies to support users and protect against cyber attacks.
By discontinuing support for Office 2010, Microsoft’s developers and designers can focus on making later versions, including Microsoft Office 2013, 2016, Office 365, and Office 2019, even better. Every day, new security threats and bugs surface, so continuing support beyond the 10-year mark for any product, especially with so much on Microsoft’s plate, wouldn’t make sense.
The end of Office 2010’s lifecycle is just like those of previous Office versions. The EOS doesn’t mean that your Office 2010 won’t work anymore—it will still continue to function just as it did before. The only difference is that there will no longer be any support or security updates from Microsoft. This means that your work could be vulnerable to threats arising past the EOS deadline and Microsoft won’t be responsible for any such security lapses or bugs.
It isn’t advised to simply wait for the deadline and then jump onto a newer version, especially if you have sensitive data that would result in a loss if it was leaked or corrupted. Instead, you should formulate a plan, organize your data, and then proceed with the transition as soon as possible.
If you need help transitioning to a newer MS Office product, we can point you in the right direction. Contact us soon.
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