3 more Microsoft products fell out of support on October 13, 2020:
- Office 2010
- Office 2016 for Mac
- Exchange Server 2010
If you’re on these older versions, upgrading should certainly be on your roadmap. If not to Office 365, then to a more recent on-premises release. As corporate security becomes an ever greater focus, and ransomware becomes an ever greater threat, now is not the time to be running unsupported software that’s over a decade old!
The changes for access to Office 365 have kicked in too, meaning the only releases of Office that are supported to access Office 365 are:
- Office 2016
- Office 2019
- Microsoft 365 Apps (formerly Office365 Pro Plus)
While Microsoft aren’t proactively blocking older versions, they’ve stated that as they fall further behind, performance and/or reliability issues may start to occur.
2 Replies to “Microsoft Office & Exchange 2010- end of support”
I came across an interesting licence quirk today and thought you may have some more insight to it.
A lot of people are getting rid of Exchange 2010/2013 now because they are fully in Exchange Online.
To be supported, Microsoft say you should have an on-premises Exchange Server in a Hybrid role to manage the sync between the on-prem AD Exchange attributes to AAD.
This is usually fine as it can be a fairly lightweight server and you got a free hybrid server licence included with your Exchange Online subscription.
However, I just discovered, the free licence only covers Exchange Server 2016 not 2019, which means you have to use Windows Server 2016 too rather than Server 2019. This seems really odd as it actually forces you to use an older OS and I’m wondering why they did it?
This page is where I saw the statement:https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/exchange/microsoft-exchange-licensing-faq-email-for-business
“If you do not host any mailboxes on the servers used to connect to Microsoft 365 you can license them using the Microsoft 365 Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW) which you can find here. The HCW validates your Microsoft 365 subscription and installs the appropriate licenses on your servers. Note that the free Exchange Server license is not available for Exchange 2019 hybrid servers.”
That’s a good spot – it does seem odd…I’ll have a look and see if I can find out anything further!