On the 24th of March, Microsoft announced that Office 2010 is going end of life. The date set is the 13th of October, later this year. Office 2010 has been around, as the name suggests, for 10 years now.
Now that Windows 7 support has ended (January 14th, if you missed it), if you are running Office 2010 on a Windows 7 device, you are vulnerable to security threats. You will still get updates for Office 2010, but if the problem is with the underlying operating system… Are you prepared to take that risk?
At that point, Microsoft will no longer provide:
- Technical support for issues.
- Bug fixes for issues.
- Security fixes for vulnerabilities discovered after October 13th.
What are your options?
Your options are really quite simple:
- Take out an Office 365 subscription. That will provide you access to all office applications and other cloud services for as long as you are a subscriber.
- Purchase Office 2019 as a one-time product and use that until that goes into life probably in about 10 years.
Both options should be on a Windows 10 device.
What are the differences between the two?
There are a number of differences, with the key one being the future update path. If you buy Office 2019, you will use the same version from now on. If you get an Office 365 license, it is updated on a regular basis. New features are added frequently. It is also a user-based licensed product. That means it can be added to, up to, 5 devices and onto your phone.
Give us a call on 020 7227 9700. Let’s discuss:
- Your user numbers and how they are distributed – how many in the office and how many remote workers.
- Your current IT infrastructure and what you are looking to achieve going forward. Both locally and in the Cloud.
We can then identify the best way for you to deploy your chosen upgrade path. With Office 2010 going end of life in just a few months, you need to make decisions soon, and we can help.