Microsoft Office 2010 was first released on June 15, 2010. As with most products, Microsoft run their software under two support periods; mainstream support and extended support. Microsoft Office 2010 in currently running in extended support. This ends October 13, 2020.
Mainstream support runs roughly 5 years. During this period new features are added to the software, bugs are fixed, and security vulnerabilities are fixed. Mainstream support also offers complimentary telephone support for retails version of the software.
Extended support kicks in after mainstream support ends. This runs for another 5 years. In this period, bugs and vulnerabilities are fixed, but there is no longer telephone support or new features added to the software.
Security vulnerabilities in Microsoft software are often able to be exploited in older version of software. This is due to similarities in the code base. This is why it is important to upgrade software before the end of support ends. Not only that, vulnerabilities found in the software after end of support, will not receive a fix. This may allow an attacker to exploit a vulnerability and access your machine.
If you are still running Microsoft Office 2010; start planning your upgrade now. If you need assistance deciding what version you need, or assistance installing the software, feel free to contact us.