Millions of companies across the world use Microsoft products. One of the most popular offerings, Microsoft Office 2010, reaches its end of support on October 13, 2020. Luckily, you have plenty of options. Read below to find out how Office 2010 end of support impacts your business and how to upgrade.
What does end of support mean?
Once Office 2010 reaches the end of its lifecycle, Microsoft will no longer provide technical support, bug fixes for known issues, or security fixes for vulnerabilities.This means you’ll no longer receive protection from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.This puts your business at risk and we strongly recommend that you take the steps to upgrade sooner rather than later. Cyber criminals will use this end of support knowledge to target those still using Office 2010 so sticking with the outdated version is out of the question.
What are my options?
Upgrade to Office 2019
Office 2019 is the newest on-premises version of Office. It is offered as a single, one-time purchase. In addition to providing desktop access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Visio, Access, and Publisher for 1 device, Office 2019 also offers basic troubleshooting and support.
Upgrade to Microsoft 365
Microsoft 365 (formerly known as Office 365) is the subscription version of Office. Microsoft 365 offers premium versions of many popular collaboration & productivity apps and employs a user-based licensing model that allows installation on 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets and 5 mobile devices. You also receive secure cloud services such as Skype for Business/Teams, Exchange Online, and OneDrive for Business. Unlike Office 2019, which will only ever have the features it was released with, Microsoft 365 is updated frequently, often monthly, with new features. Microsoft 365 is available as a monthly or annual subscription with a number of different enterprise and business plans to fit any budget. You can learn about the different Microsoft 365 plans here.
What option is best?
If it wasn’t evident from the descriptions above, Microsoft 365 comes out on top. Here’s a side by side comparison of your two upgrade options:
Click here for the full Office 2019 vs. Microsoft 365 comparison table.