Microsoft Office 2010 will no longer be supported by Microsoft as of 10/13/2020.
Microsoft released Microsoft Office 2010 April 15, 2010.
As of October, 13 2020 Microsoft will no longer support it. .
Why does it matter?
This means no security updates or patches.
Compatibility with Office 365 is not guaranteed this means at some point you will not be able to access email.
All the programs WILL continue to operate at first, however, future compatibility will no longer be guaranteed.
What is my risk?
Ransomware is on the rise. Unpatched systems are the “in” the hackers need to install and spread the Ransomware.
Quite frankly, your network security is only as good as your weakest link. However, the biggest risk is that the program may not function as it has been. You will not be able to get email at some point after October 13. Office 365 continues to improve its security and in doing so, Outlook 2010 will be “left behind” because it cannot be made secure.
What do I need to do?
There are various ways to do so. You could purchase a new copy of Office 2019, purchase an Open Business license, or subscribe to Microsoft Office 365. Please feel free to contact us if you need help determining what is best for your company. In most small businesses, a Microsoft Office 365 subscription is a very economical way to upgrade with plans as low as $8/mo.
Where do I start?
If you have in house IT staff, task them to present you with a project plan and budget for upgrade of all Office 2010 installations.
Your IT team should be able to very quickly run a report of all machines and what operating system they are running, the age, the hardware specifications, and what software is running. If they do not have this capability, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) , as this is a tool set every IT department should have.
If you are responsible for an IT Team I would also question your team as to “How did we get here”? A fundamental responsibility of the IT Team is to plan and budget for the life cycle replacement of all hardware and software solutions under their care. There should be no surprises. Contact us if you would like an assessment of your current network and security position.