Microsoft will be ending their support for Microsoft Office 2010 and Office 2016 for Mac on October 13, 2020. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to most people as it was announced over a year ago. What this means is that there will be no more technical support offered by Microsoft. No more security updates or patches. This doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to continue to use MS Office 2010 but instead can end up being a security risk for your business or personal computer. There are several options for you once your support ends on October 13th.
Like I said earlier, you can continue to use Microsoft Office 2010 and Office 2016 for Mac. Although you will need to have premium antivirus software installed as Microsoft will no longer be patching out any bugs or security issues. The longer you continue to use Microsoft Office 2010 after support ends the more of a security risk it becomes. That’s why it’s best to upgrade to a newer version of Microsoft office.
If you decide to upgrade to a newer version of Microsoft Office you have a couple of different options to choose from. You can upgrade to Office 2019 or Office 365 – both have distinctive advantages in comparison to Office 2010.
Office 2019 is a one time purchase that will be supported by Microsoft until 2025. The support includes bug fixes and and security updates to keep protection up to date and safe from hackers. With Office 2019 You get the features that came with the original version that was released in October of 2018, and that’s it. When the next version is released, you must purchase it again if you want new features. Office 2019 is also not supported by windows 7 and 8.1 which means it’s only compatible with windows 10.
Office 365 is a subscription based service with a license tied to subscription fee based on the amount of users. So for each member of your business who is using Office 365 you will need to pay up to $12 per month for premium. The upside of Office 365 is regular feature updates to keep current with Office features and bug fixes alongside security updates to keep protection up to date and safe from hackers. Built in online cloud storage capabilities. There is also the option to choose Office 365 online which is a lesser free version of Office 365. This is a good option if you would like to try out Office 365 before buying.
In conclusion, there aren’t a ton of options available if you choose to move away from Office 2010 but there are enough options to choose from to be a better replacement. You still have two months to make a decision and find the best option for your business or personal computer.