Microsoft is ending support for Office 2010.

Dear Office 2010 users, you are there. According to a survey published by the IT marketplace Spiceworks, by 2017, 83% of companies surveyed recently were using Office 2010. Most companies seemed to use a mixed version of Office, with Office 2007 being the most used at 68%.

Although data has changed somewhat over the past two years due to time for users to switch to Office 365 subscriptions and Microsoft’s constant effort, Office 2010 is still very popular. And if you are one of Office 2010 users, you may see this screen recently when you start Word or other Office programs.That’s right: Microsoft Office 2010 support will end on October 13, 2020. This means that there are no more technical support, patches, and security updates.The good news is that there are many options and most are reasonably priced. The bad news is that each new version gets closer and closer to subscription-based products, so subscriptions are the only option available after all.We will guide you through those options so you can decide what to do.

What happens if I continue using Office 2010?
If you are having trouble maintaining Office 2010, you can do so as long as you are familiar with the risks. Microsoft no longer supports bugs and patches and requires thorough and aggressive antivirus software. Another obstacle is the incompatibility with some newer programs and file formats. However, you can export almost any Windows product, regardless of one-to-one compatibility.

Can I switch to Office 365 Online?
Office 365 Online is a free web-based version of Office. However, it is a limited scaled down version and lacks a lot of full version functionality. This option is suitable for students and new users who want to “try before buying” and experiment with the online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. But if your needs aren’t very basic, you won’t want to run a business with these online applications.

Do I need to upgrade to an Office 365 subscription?
It is possible but expensive. Office subscriptions include:

Office 365 Business Essentials at $ 5.00 per user per month Office 365 Business
at $ 8.25
per user per month Office 365 Business Premium at $ 12.50 per user
You can compare all Office 365 versions on the Microsoft website.

Note: The Business Essentials version offers only the free web and mobile versions and four special services: Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, and Teams. If you don’t need these four services, save money and go to the free Office 365 web / online version.Office 365 Home editions include:

Office 365 Home for $ 100 per
year Office 365 Personal
Office Home & Student 2019 for $ 70 per year ($ 150 per year) (sometimes I saw a $ 100 discount) The
home version is more expensive than the business version because of different features and user licenses. You can compare the Office 365 home, personal and student versions Microsoft’s website to determine what package suits your needs.

In addition to the 365 Business and Home editions, Microsoft offers four enterprise plans: 365 Plus, 365 E-1, 365 E-3, and 365 E-5 for businesses and small businesses. All subscription-based plans offer much more “special services” not found in other 365 plans.

Can I upgrade to Office 2019?
Office Home & Business 2019 Digital (pre-tax) is $ 249 from Microsoft and Office Professional 2019 is $ 440 from Microsoft (prices are always subject to change).

There are many warnings in Office 2019. Unlike Office 365, which is regularly updated with new features, Office 2019 does not. The functionality that comes with the original version released in October 2018 is no longer available. Office 2019 does not include OneNote, SharePoint Designer, or InfoPath. If you want new features when the next desktop version is released, you’ll have to buy them again.Also, 2019 is not supported on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. In addition, for those who run the network or install software on multiple drives, Office 2019 can only be installed on the system drive, i.e. the C: \ drive, and its location cannot be changed.The actual kicker looks like this: Unlike 2010, which works offline, you must be connected to the Internet to install and use this product.

What is the alternative to Office?
If the entire Microsoft product is too complex or too expensive for your pocket, we’ve reviewed some of Office’s major alternatives, including our online applications, LibreOffice, FreeOffice, and more. They are all free, so there is little risk to try.