'End of Life' for Microsoft Office 2010 – What Charities Need to Know08-Oct-2020
Support for Microsoft Office 2010 is scheduled to end on October 13th, 2020, with no extension or extended security updates from Microsoft.
Support from Microsoft for Office 2010 is ending this year. The end of support, which is sometimes referred to as “end of life”, means that Microsoft will no longer provide technical support or software and security updates for Office 2010, from the 13th October 2020.
So, while the Office programs, like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. will still technically work, the security updates will stop. This may expose organisations still using Office 2010 to security risks.
If your charity is among the companies still using Microsoft Office 2010 programs, it is advised they should start planning their next Microsoft Office upgrade in order to avoid security risks.
What does that mean exactly?
When Office 2010 reaches the end of its support lifecycle, Microsoft will no longer provide:
- Software updates to Office 2010 via Windows Update.
- Bug or security fixes which may be found following the end of life process for Office 2010.
- Online support content – Microsoft will no longer provide any online guidance or troubleshooting, and the majority of the existing online support content would be taken down.
In particular Outlook 2010 will no longer be able to connect to Exchange Online, so your emails within the Outlook 2010 app will stop working. At the time of writing, however, Microsoft announced in response to the COVID-19 crisis, this particular change has been delayed until 2021.
Online newscaster Charity Digital provides more information about this whilst exploring the available free and affordable upgrade options for charities, such as free and discounted subscriptions to Microsoft 365.