Software manufacturers usually give their software a time limiting lifespan and turn their resources to supporting more recent releases. This is the case with Office 2010 when support ended on October 13th 2020 and Microsoft no longer provides tech support, bug or security fixes. There’s now no protection from harmful viruses, spyware or other malicious software and more important no more phone or chat support when things go wrong.
Cyber criminals are on the lookout for businesses relying on this non supported software as they know they are open to exploitation and on their own if the worst happens.
What Can You Do?
You can move your computers to one of the more recent Microsoft software packages such as Office 2019 as a onetime purchase for each machine you operate or buy a Microsoft 365 subscription which gives the latest security updates.
Beware of Microsoft 2019 however, as it came out in September 2018 and is due to be succeeded by Office 2022 in the second half of 2021, and you will only get support and fixes during its lifecycle period and new features are not offered.
Before deciding to wait until later in 2021 and leaving yourself vulnerable you could consider Microsoft 365, this gives you access to Office’s cloud connected features across devices plus 1TB of OneDrive storage, Office mobile apps, Skype minutes and access to support and latest features.
If you have a business account your administrator can ensure you are receiving all new features and everything is up to date.
Is Microsoft 365 For You?
Microsoft 365 can be on premises, on the cloud or both. Employees can use tools they are used to such as Word or Excel installed on your desktops then, save their work to the cloud and log on via mobile devices such as tablets or laptops and work remotely, ideal in today’s situation.
You can also enjoy video conferencing, screen sharing, group chats and calling with Microsoft 365 Teams and you will always have the latest versions of Office, SharePoint, Exchange and Skype.
Microsoft 365 comes in several business packages. The basic version gives you free Web and Mobile only along with Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint and Teams.
Continuing with Office 2010 could prove costly if the worst happens so now is the time to upgrade.
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