Changes Coming to Microsoft Office Support


It is nearing the time when Office 2016 for Mac and Office 2010 reach their end of support. Microsoft had previously announced that it will “no longer provide technical support, bug fixes, or security updates for Office 2016 for Mac and Office 2010” after October 13, 2020.

While these versions of Office may continue to be used, businesses will face increased security risks and compliance issues. NOOBEH, while we are magical in many ways, won’t be able to overcome this problem for you.

Along with the announcement of the retirement of Office 2010, Microsoft also reiterated that you’ll need to be running Microsoft 365 Apps, Office 2019 or Office 2016 if you wish to connect to Office 365 services (like hosted Exchange mail).

If your business is still running Office 2016 for Mac or Office 2010 after October 13, 2020, you will no longer receive technical support, security fixes, or bug fixes from Microsoft.

The changes Microsoft is making to Office support and compatibility should be a reminder to businesses that they need to keep their applications up to date and compliant in order to have the greatest benefit. NOOBEH and Mendelson Consulting strongly recommend that you upgrade to one of the latest versions of Office as soon as possible because neither your software vendors nor Microsoft Help will be able to resolve some of the issues that arise due to unsupported service connections.

Microsoft 365 Apps is the subscription version of Office where Office 2019 is a one-time purchase and available for one PC or Mac per license. With certain Microsoft 365 subscriptions, you can install all the applications on all your devices, including your NOOBEH QuickBooks on Azure cloud server.

A key difference between Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019 is that Microsoft 365 Apps are updated on a regular basis with new features. Office 2019 has pretty much the same features that it had when it was released in late 2018. Which may not be a big deal unless there are other applications or services you use that might rely on newer functionality. Sometimes you just don’t know what you’re missing until you need it.



Mike Ryan is the Chief Technical Manager for Noobeh Cloud Solutions, bringing many years of experience working with small/midsize businesses and their IT infrastructure. Mike, the IT Guy (as he likes to call himself) has been with the Mendelson Consulting team for over 14 years.

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