Office 365, Office 365 Pro Plus and Office 2010 End of Life

Office 365

Office 365

With 1.2 billion users worldwide it’s safe to assume most people have some level of familiarity with the Office suite of products, which includes business necessary applications such as: Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and OneNote. For many of us every workday includes using one or all of these programs to perform our job functions. Since its release on November 19th, 1990 there have been 18 iterations of Office including the latest one, Office 2019. In this article we want to discuss what we think is the best choice for your business.

If you’re a home user using the very latest version of Office may make sense, however in enterprise applications Office 365 is still the best choice. Office 2019 only features an on-premises edition, which means you pay for a single license for a single machine. Office 365 features a subscription-based service which allows flexibility for companies, the subscription is not tied to a single device. Office 365 also applies security patches automatically whereas Office 2019 patches must be applied manually. Office 365 also has the Microsoft Teams application and more robust versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Overall Office 365 is what makes sense for your business, but what about Office 365 Pro Plus? Office 365 Pro Plus offers volume activation, so if you’re deploying Office for a lot of users at once this may be a good option for your business. Both Office 365 and Office 365 Pro Plus offers 5 devices per subscription, so if you need Office on your phone, laptop and desktop you’re covered. If you’d like to know more about the differences in these products see the chart below.

Office Products Chart

A chart describing the Office suite of products.

 

While we’re talking about Office it’s worth mentioning that support for Office 2010 ends October 2020. Like with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 this means there will no longer be security patches and bug fixes, so if your business is still using this version of Office it’s a good idea to make the switch sooner rather than later. If you own a business located in Central California and need some assistance with this or your other IT concerns, reach out to us today at 209-357-3121.

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