When will support end for your Windows software?

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Office 2010 is being retired soon, here’s what you need to do

Posted on 25 September 2020 by Beaming Support

The Office 2010 end of life date is 13th October 2020

Will Office 2010 still work after October 2020?

Yes, Office’s applications (Excel, Word, Outlook etc) will continue to work, but it is strongly recommended that you upgrade to the latest version of Office.

How do I do that?

You’ll need to speak to your IT support company or go to the Microsoft website and find the latest version of Office to purchase the relevant licenses for your business. Some non-profits can get free 365 licenses: Find out more.

Why do I need to do this?

Microsoft won’t be supporting Office 2010 after October 2020, which means you won’t be able to get help with any problems you may have. Since it won’t be maintained or upgraded by Microsoft any more, there’s also more chance that things will go wrong.

Most importantly, security flaws in unsupported software will not be patched, which leaves them – and as a result you and your business – open to cyber attacks. The WannaCry ransomware attack exploited a vulnerability in old Windows systems that had not been patched due to them being past their end of life.

The good news is that Office 365, the most recent version of Office, is sold on a subscription model, which will continue to be updated and supported as long as you continue to pay the subscription. If you upgrade to this you shouldn’t need to worry about end of life dates again, at least not for your Office apps.

Is my version of Windows still supported?

Below is a table showing end of life dates for Windows operating systems and software. If you’re still using any of the apps or an operating system that’s past it’s end of life, it’s important to upgrade as soon as possible. While the next retirement dates in 2023 may seem a long way off, it’s worth noting them as you’ll need to make sure you allocate enough time and budget to upgrade in good time.


Operating SystemEnd of Life Date
Windows Vista11/4/2017
Office 200710/10/2017
Windows Server 200814/1/2020
Windows 714/1/2020
Office 201013/10/2020
Windows Server 201210/1/2023
Windows 8/8.110/1/2023
Office 201311/4/2023
Windows 1014/10/2025
Office 201614/10/2025

Table: Microsoft Windows and Server Operating System End of Life Dates

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