As Office 2016 for Mac and Office 2010 reached the end of support on October 13, 2020, users on the two platforms will soon have to start looking for other options if they have not already done so. As with all other solutions with perpetual licenses, Microsoft has retired these products, so that it can focus on developing tools, products, and solutions designed for the new world of work.
While it continues to invest in on-premises solutions, with the latest version being Office 2019 for Windows and Mac, Microsoft encourages users to transition to the cloud with Microsoft 365/ Office 365 plans. Let us show you what you can do after Microsoft End of Support for Office 2010 and Office 2016 for Mac.
What Does the End of Support for Office 2010 and Office 2016 for Mac Mean?
With the end of support for Office 2010 and Office 2016 for Mac, users on these platforms will stop receiving the following services from Microsoft.
- Defect and security fixes for newly discovered issues.
- Software updates from Microsoft.
- Security patches for viruses, spyware, and protection against malicious software.
- Technical support for existing licenses.
- Updates for support content.
How to Upgrade from Office 2010 and Office 2016 for Mac?
There are two upgrade paths for both Office 2010 and Office 2016 for Mac users. While it is recommended to upgrade to Microsoft 365 Apps, organizations can opt for Office Business 2019 for Mac or if Windows if perpetual licenses are necessary.
What Are the Features of Office 2019 Business for Mac and Windows?
Office 2019 for Mac and Windows suites include familiar on-premises applications such as Word, Excel, Outlook, Visio, Publisher, and PowerPoint. Although Microsoft has introduced enhancements in the applications that are included in Office 2019, they are a subset of the new features in the cloud version and will not receive additional updates in terms of capabilities. Additionally, applications with Office 2019 can be installed on only one device and cannot be accessed over the internet.
What Are the Advantages of Upgrading to Microsoft 365 / Office 365 Plans?
The better alternative for Office 2010 and Office 2016 for Mac users is to upgrade to Microsoft 365 Apps, the cloud-based solution of the productivity suite. Here are the advantages of upgrading to Microsoft 365/ Office 365 instead of Office 2019.
- Access applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and others online with PCs, Macs, and even mobile phones.
- Install Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher on up to 5 devices with suitable plans.
- Use Microsoft Teams and SharePoint Online for collaboration.
- Store documents in the cloud with 1 TB of space in OneDrive for Business.
- Always stay updated with the latest features and security patches for Office 365/ Microsoft 365 applications.
Apps4Rent Can Help you Upgrade to Office 365/ Microsoft 365 Plans
The end of support for Office 2010 and Office 2016 for Mac users is a perfect opportunity for businesses to implement a cloud strategy. While moving data from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in the on-premises Office suite to the cloud is relatively easy, the capabilities of Office 365/ Microsoft 365 plans would remain under-exploited if other applications and services such as Exchange Online and SharePoint Online, are not used. As a Tier 1 Microsoft CSP, Apps4Rent can help Office 2010 and Office 2016 for Mac users upgrade to appropriate Office 365/ Microsoft 365 plans, and optimize the solution based on their requirements. Contact our Microsoft certified experts, available 24/7 via phone, chat, and email for assistance.