Are you still running on Office 2010?
Posted 21st November 2019
Although we understand that vintage can be cool, it definitely isn’t the case with computer programmes. In fact, out of date programmes can be exceedingly uncool. Aside from the fact that running an outdated app or programme can mean that you don’t get to access new features and upgrades, they are also very dangerous to have running on your computer.
Which brings us to Office 2010. If you are still running Office 2010, we can already predict what you’re going to say. “It’s just a place to do Word documents, spreadsheets, and a presentation every now and then. Why upgrade? It’s not doing any harm.”
Trust us, it’s definitely doing more harm than good. Office 2010 reaches end of its life in October 2020. At this point Microsoft will stop producing patches and security updates, rendering it open to hacks, corrupt files, and security threats. You may have definitely saved money by not upgrading to a more up to date Office suite or even Office365, but that’s the money saving equivalent of tying your front door shut with a piece of string. Yes, the front door is shut…but for how long.
Aside from the cybercriminals who may be virtually circling your computer, there’s a second risk to your business. You could lose business! Cyber Essentials is now refusing to pass any company that has an unsupported operating system or apps. This means that if you were ever considering applying for government contracts, your lagging Office 2010 would scupper the deal.
The best possible action to take is to upgrade to Office365, Microsoft’s subscription Office suite, which operates on the cloud and delivers constant updates. It runs on a subscription, which LP Networks can arrange, and because it runs remotely from your device is the equivalent of updating that piece of string holding your door shut to a shiny new Chubb lock.