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Why Upgrade Your Office Software?

Is office 2010 still in use at your business? It most likely served you well this past decade, but now it is at the end of its life in 2020. Now is the time to upgrade to Office 2019 or Office 365. Here is why you should and what needs to be considered.

Software, like many things, has a life span. After its end of life, the manufacturer will focus its resources on supporting a more recent software release. On October 13, 2020, support for Office 2010 ended. Microsoft will no longer provide support, updates, bug, or security fixes. This lack of support will mean you no longer have protection from harmful spyware, viruses, and other nasty software and bugs. It will no longer be updated, and there will be no more chat or phone support to run to when you are in trouble.

The cybercriminals know that Office 2010 users are all by themselves now. They will be on the lookout for businesses still using the old software. Without any updates, a business risks opening a document designed to leverage an unpatched exploit.

What Can You Do?

It would be best if you looked to move your business computers to a more modern Microsoft Office version. You can choose to upgrade your computers to the most current version of Office as a one-time purchase, or you can buy a Microsoft Office 365 subscription for the latest security updates, features, and other improvements.

Office 2019, the currently available version of Microsoft Office, is available for both PC and MAC. You can install Office on one device only and support for the lifecycle period only. New features are not offered with it.

You should know that Office 2019 came out in the fall of 2018 and will be the end of life in the second half of 2021, replaced by Office 2022.

However, instead of waiting until 2021, you should at least consider Office 365. Office 365 provides access to Office’s cloud-connected features across your devices. Also, 1TB of OneDrive storage, mobile apps, Skype minutes, and access to support.

In addition, as new Office 365 features are made available, all subscribers can gain access every month. If you have a business account, the account administrator can control when and what you see for additional features.

Is Office 365 for Us?

Perhaps you feel more comfortable having everything on premises where you can see it, or maybe it is for regulatory and compliance reasons. You can use offline versions of their software when you upgrade to Office 365.

For many, Office 365 appeals to them because it can be on-premises or in the cloud. Your staff can use tools, like Excel, familiar to them and installed on their computer; then they can save the files to the cloud. This ability allows staff to work anywhere using tablets, laptops, mobile phones, and other devices.

MS Teams is also added with Office 365. You can enjoy screen sharing, video conferencing, calling, and group chat, along with Teams collaboration software.

On top of this, you will have the most current versions of Skype, Office, SharePoint, and Exchange. The subscription will set you up for the most recent versions without requiring any significant migrations.

Office 365 comes with many different packages for business. The basic version comes with OneDrive, Teams, SharePoint, and Exchange for web and mobile-only. If you do not require those four services, you can use a free web-based version of Office 365.

It could be costly if you ignore the Office 2010 end of life date. Do not risk the potential disaster. Make sure you upgrade your old version of Office software today.

Conclusion

If upgrading Office seems a little overwhelming, then let me help you take care of it. I can find the right managed service provider within your budget to meet your best software solutions’ needs. Let me help!

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