The New Era Of Microsoft Office

Now that Office 2010 support now reaching its final year of the 10-year lifecycle, customers are being urged to migrate to its newer Office 365 ProPlus bundle. 

Microsoft announced this week that extended support for Office 2010 will end on October 13, 2020. And as with Windows 7, which also reaches end of life in January 2020, that means no more tech support, bug fixes or security patches. 

Customers do have the option of upgrading to the on-premise Office 2019 for a one-time cost, but Microsoft really wants customers to move to Office 365 ProPlus per-user subscription. 

The main difference between the two is that Office 365 ProPlus is updated regularly with new features, while Office 2019 has the same features it had since October 2018.  

Office 365 ProPlus, which comes with most enterprise plans, includes the “full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access, and Skype for Business installed on your client computers”. It also allows people to install Office on up to five devices, be they PCs, Macs, or mobile.  

“With built-in, cloud-powered security to protect your data, Office 365 ProPlus also provides the peace of mind that comes with knowing your business will not only be productive, but safe.”

Some of the main features Microsoft has added to Office 365 since releasing Office 2010 include Excel’s XLOOKUP, the successor to the VLOOKUP formula; Excel real-time collaboration across PCs, laptops and mobile; Word’s Resume assistant; dictation in Word and the ability to upload audio for auto transcription.

In addition, there’s also an AI-powered feature in PowerPoint that offers suggested slide designs and PowerPoint inking, voice and 3D capabilities. You’ll have from now until to October 13, 2020 take care of business so-to-speak.