Blog Published: 04/03/2020

Blogger - Simon Hurrell

Windows 7 Support has ended. Office 2010 is next...

By 13th October 2020, Microsoft Office 2010 will no longer be supported

We have now passed the infamous 14th January deadline which meant that Microsoft ended their support for Windows 7. As a result, the majority of Windows 7 users have moved or have started migrating to Windows 10 which you can find out more about in our previous blog post.

Just like Windows 7, Microsoft will be stopping support for Office 2010 by 13th October 2020. Similarly to Windows 7, end of support (sometimes referred to as "end of life") means that Microsoft will no longer provide the following for Office 2010:
  • Technical support for issues
  • Bug fixes for issues that are discovered
  • Security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered

So what has changed since Office 2010?

The apps within the suite have become more sophisticated due to them being included in the Office 365 offering. Premium versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint come with built-in intelligence which allow you to co-author, dictate into documents, get real-time data and much more.

It is now also easier to collaborate with colleagues by making edits and offering feedback in real time, and also easier to access and save your files securely from any device with 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage. 

Additionally, there are now options to safeguard your digital assets with OneDrive security such as ransomware detection, password-protected sharing links and file recovery. There's also advanced virus and phishing protection with 

What happens if I keep Office 2010?

Although there are many other products from other vendors that will be ceasing support, Microsoft Office is one of the most widely used applications; predominantly by business employees. Because of its popularity, it is also one of the most widely attacked products for hackers. Leaving yourself out of support leaves any business at risk, so now is the time to start planning a migration away from Office 2010.

What are my options?

If you haven’t considered it yet, why not check out our Office 365 blog and find out why now may be the time to move to Office 365.  

If you are looking to migrate from Office 2010 or even if you are not, it may be worth a discussion with Excitech. We would be happy to discuss where you currently are, where you are looking to go (or not go) and what challenges you may face.

Call us on 01992 807 444 or email us at to discuss. 


About the author

  • Simon Hurrell

Simon Hurrell

IT Solutions Architect

Simon has been working in the IT industry for 15 years with his focus and qualifications over the last 5 being within the IT Architecture space. Simon has worked for a number of IT organisations including some large, well-known data centre and cloud providers.

His knowledge covers a broad range of subjects within IT, and he has helped many clients choose solutions to solve problems and meet their business needs. Some of these include large infrastructure solutions, cloud-based projects, client-based hardware replacement programmes, and multi-stage IT tenders for new IT incumbents.

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