End of Support for Office 2010: What next?

On 13th October 2020, Office 2010 will reach End of Life. After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide technical support, bug fixes, or security updates. Additionally, after 13th October 2020, users will need to run Microsoft 365 Apps, Office 2019 or Office 2016 to connect to Office 365 services.

How will this affect me?

  • You will still be able to use this version of Office, however, over time and with no updates, you may face increased security risks which could impact not only your own business but that of your customers, partners and suppliers.

  • While Microsoft will not take any active measures to block legacy versions of the Office client from connecting to Office 365 services, continuing to use these older clients may result in performance and/or reliability issues over time.

  • Attempting to connect to a modern, always-up-to-date cloud service may also experience performance and reliability issues.

  • It’s likely you may find yourself out of compliance depending on specific regional or industry requirements.

  • Microsoft Help may not be able to resolve issues that arise due to unsupported service connections.

What should I do next? To avoid any of the risks mentioned above, we strongly recommend that you upgrade to one of the latest versions of Office as soon as possible:

  • Microsoft 365 Apps, the subscription version of Office that comes with most Office 365 enterprise plans. Microsoft 365 Apps can be installed on up to five PCs or Macs, five tablets, and five mobile devices.

  • Office 2019, which is a one-time purchase and available for one PC or Mac per license.

What’s different? A key difference between Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019 is that Microsoft 365 Apps is updated on a regular basis with new features. Office 2019 has the same set of features that it had when it was first released.

How do I know which version to choose? It’s always advisable to let IT experts handle these types of matters for you to ensure you get what’s right for you and your business.

Quintech will naturally be managing the transition for our existing clients as part of our ongoing IT Support. If you’re not a current client but need advice on how to move forward, please get in touch. We will ensure that the version you choose is supported on the operating system you are using. This will avoid compatibility issues which could lead to unnecessary cost and wasted time. Our team will help ensure a seamless transition with reduced business downtime and disruption.

For advice and support with making the move, please get in touch by emailing info@quintech.co.uk or call 01684 882700 and we’ll be happy to help.