As you might be knowing that Office 2010 is one of the most favorite versions of Microsoft Office users. This is because it comes with simple functionalities that even a layman can use it. However, there is sad news for Office 2010 users. Microsoft has announced the end of support for Office 2010. This end of support is expected to take place on October 13, 2020.
So, if you haven’t plan anything on what will be your take after the support ends, then it’s time you think over this once again. It is essential that you give it a thought as to upgrade to another version of Microsoft Office.
This article highlights some of the important aspects as to what you should do, along with the helpful guidelines for the upgrade process. But, before that, you should know the details about the end of support.
The end of support includes the following
To know what is included in the end of support for 2010, you may continue reading this section further.
Each Microsoft product, be it Office or Windows has a fixed lifecycle and this lifecycle for Office 2010 is fixed to end in the month of October this year. During the support period, the updates for the products are rolled out along with certain bug fixes. Also, you are provided with official support when you are using the product.
Once the lifecycle of the product ends, you will not get the said benefits for the product. Hence, users are recommended to upgrade to the latest versions of the available products. Once the support ends, you will not get the following:
- You won’t be eligible to get the technical support for the issues with Office 2010.
- There will no longer be any bug fixes for the issues that will be found in the future.
- In case, there is a security flaw in it, it won’t be fixed easily.
Keeping these things in mind, the experts suggest the user to move to the Office versions for which you will get the aforementioned support.
What are some alternatives for you?
There are a wide range of products offered by Microsoft which you can choose in order to continue using your Microsoft Office.
The most recent version of Office is Office 365 which is now known as Microsoft 365. This is one of the best alternatives to choose from and has the most updated features in it. For mobile users, these plans are available in the form of apps. The Microsoft 365 apps can be easily downloaded via office.com/setup.
If you are a user who needs Office for personal use or you want Office for accomplishing your school/college tasks, then you may opt for Office 2019 for Home and Student.
On the contrary, if you want Office for business enterprise, the Office 2019 Professional Plus can be a most helpful product.
How do you upgrade to the latest Office version?
In case you are one of the users who is still using Office 2010, then you may upgrade to the latest version by navigating to office.com/setup.
To download your favorite product, you need to log in to your Microsoft account and go to the ‘Products’ section. From here, you can choose the desired version and click on the ‘Buy now’ button. To complete the purchase, you need to complete the payment using the desired payment method. After making your purchase, download and install it by undergoing a set of steps.
A quick tip: Do not forget to uninstall the previous version of Office before installing the new one.
Reference: End of Support for office 2010