Microsoft will end support for Microsoft Office 2010 in October 2020, meaning it will discontinue all support,  as well as all updates, and importantly – security updates.

What Does End of Life Mean?

Basically Microsoft will stop supporting the Office 2010 application after the 13th of October. After Office 2010 end of life, you could continue to use the software, but you would be doing so at your own risk. New computer viruses and other malware are being developed all the time and, without the security updates to fight them off, your data and your system might be vulnerable.

Why Is Office 2010 Support Ending?

The Office 2010 end of life cycle is similar to that of previous Microsoft Office versions. Microsoft states, “Microsoft Office 2010 has a support lifecycle during which we provide new features, software updates, security fixes, and so on. This lifecycle lasts for 10 years from the date of the product’s initial release.”

Upgrading to Office 2019

If you want to continue using Office you may want to consider upgrading to Office Home and Student 2019 or Home and Business 2019, if you use Outlook for your emails.

To install Office 2019 you’ll need to have Windows 10 as your operating system. Similar to Windows 10, Office 2019 will automatically update itself twice per year. This process ensures that you always have the most up-to-date versions of your operating system and software.

Upgrading to Office 365

Alternatively, you could upgrade to Office 365, which is less expensive upfront and can be installed in 6 devices, but the downside is that it is a subscription and requires you to pay Microsoft $99 every year to continue using the product