October 2020: Microsoft has officially discontinued Office 2010 and Office 2016 for Mac. This means that customers still running the two productivity suites would no longer receive any new updates.

This is expected to have a huge impact on the security status of the computer systems using the said Office editions. Losing access to regular new updates poses a serious threat to everything within it.

Security fixes for the vulnerabilities discovered and bugs in the said phased-out systems are no longer fixed, and technical support is no longer offered.

This change, however, is not an abrupt overnight decision for the tech leader. In fact, Microsoft previously announced that these two versions would be taken out back in 2017.

Meanwhile, Microsoft 365 Apps has recently laid out system improvements in three big ways.

First, its very own cloud enables real-time collaboration across apps and within Microsoft Teams, the hub for teamwork.

Second, its Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning pave the way for advanced creativity and innovation in everything from PowerPoint design to Excel analysis.

Finally, its built-in, cloud-powered security protects data and provides the peace of mind that comes with knowing that a business will not only be productive, but also secured.

Microsoft 365 is a subscription-based service that guarantees continued updates and new features as soon as they are ready.

According to Microsoft’s support policy, Office 2010 received 10 years of support, so customers are now required to upgrade to receive updates.

However, if Microsoft 365 isn’t the chosen path, Office 2019 is still available as a one-time purchase that can be used without a subscription.

Microsoft has already confirmed that it plans to release at least one more stand-alone Office version after the 2019 suite, though for now, no other specifics are available.