We have mentioned in a previous article that details what is happening with Windows 7 and that it is going End Of Life in January 2020, but Windows 7 is not the only product coming to the end of it's life cycle - Microsoft Office 2010 is also not going to be supported soon.
What do Microsoft mean when they say 'end of life'?
Office 2010, like almost all Microsoft products as we have already mentioned, have a lifecycle where they will provide support, security updates and patches. Once the lifecycle has come to an end, if any issues occur within the product, Microsoft will not offer support to fix or repair it. This lifecycle lasts for a certain number of years from the date of the product's initial release. When Office 2010 reaches its end of support on October 13, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide any support on the above points mentioned.
What can be done?
There are two options moving forward:
Continue with Office - Since Office 2010 has come out, there have been multiple Office packages that have been released, with the latest being Office 2016. These Office packages are a suite of products including Word, Excel, Outlook etc. With this, you either purchase a license or a DVD and install the Office applications. This option still requires having an on site exchange for your emails on a server as has been the case previously. The downside to this, is that you will be faced with the same issue as Office 2010 a few years down the line that it becomes end of life.
Another downside is that you are limited to that singular product suite. For example, purchasing Office 2016 limits you to the 2016 product suite, even if Microsoft bring out any new editions, you are still limited to the 2016 edition that you purchased as a one off. The up front cost is also a downside to this method of using Office and that you will need to keep purchasing Office moving forward.
Office 365 - We have spoken about Office 365 in a number of articles and what can be done with it! 365 is a subscription based model that offers the same product suite as the standard Office license but much more. You have access to the standard Office suite such as Word, Excel, Outlook as above, but also get access to Sharepoint & Onedrive, and with it being on a subscription based model, you will always have the latest version of Office. Office 365 is a much more cost effective method of Office as the subscription cost is minimal and you will always have the latest updates and products from within the Office 365 product suite.
SharePoint - SharePoint is an online platform designed for collaboration. SharePoint empowers teamwork with dynamic and productive team sites for every project team, department, and division. Share files, data, news, and resources. Customise your site to streamline your team’s work. Collaborate effortlessly and securely with team members inside and outside your organisation, across PCs, Macs, and mobile devices.
Teams -Teams is a chat based platform that allows for employees to easily communicate instantly with other colleagues whether that be privately or in a “Team” which is essentially a professional group chat. With Teams you are able to share files, emojis, start video/audio meetings and even schedule meetings all within the one window.
OneDrive - Securely store and share files from anywhere. OneDrive offers native desktop, browser and mobile experiences on your devices. Access and make changes that sync automatically in the cloud or sync local copies of files for offline viewing and editing on your PC or Mac. Confidently share your files so other people can access them seamlessly and securely.
Remember, Office 2010 becomes end of life October 2020 so the sooner you make the switch over from 2010 to 365 or the latest version of Office, the sooner you can start reaping the benefits of the latest versions!
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