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        pjcbvsc
        AskWoody Plus

        I volunteer at a volunteer run not for profit organization. I help look after office IT.

        Some computers used by the organization still run Office 2007 and 2010. I would like to know whether we should up grade to a supported version of Office, and what are the risks if we don’t upgrade. All computers have been upgraded to run Windows 10.

        Keeping running costs for the organization at a minimum is important.

        Thanks for any advice

         

      • #2153846 Reply
        Kirsty
        Da Boss

        Unless you have a pressing need for the Microsoft product, go for LibreOffice instead, and save your Not-For-Profit’s funds 🙂

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          access-mdb
          AskWoody MVP

          I agree with Kirsty that Libre Office is a good alternative. However if you do have a pressing need to use MS Office (e.g. you need Access), MS do cut price offers on Office365 for not-for-profits. I’m the IT ‘expert’ (and chairman) of a not-for-profit and we’ve gone down that path with no issues. You’ll have to look it up to see if it’s suitable for you.

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        MrJimPhelps
        AskWoody_MVP

        Office 2007 is out of support. If you have some computers that aren’t connected to the internet, install Office 2007 on them, and you’ll be fine. If you are moving the Office 2007 license from a connected computer to an unconnected computer, first uninstall it from the connected computer, then install it on the unconnected computer.

        You have until October 13, 2020 for Office 2010 – that’s when it will go out of support. Until then, you are fine with running Office 2010 on any computer.

        Before you do any uninstalls, make sure you have the install key so that you can activate the software on the new computer.

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        Michael Austin
        AskWoody Plus

        Office 2007 is out of support. If you have some computers that aren’t connected to the internet, install Office 2007 on them, and you’ll be fine. If you are moving the Office 2007 license from a connected computer to an unconnected computer, first uninstall it from the connected computer, then install it on the unconnected computer.

        You have until October 13, 2020 for Office 2010 – that’s when it will go out of support. Until then, you are fine with running Office 2010 on any computer.

        Before you do any uninstalls, make sure you have the install key so that you can activate the software on the new computer.

        How big is your nonprofit’s local area network (LAN)? How many machines including periodic mobile devices?

        My general policy is not to use any computer connected to the Internet without automatic security patching of any software by its publisher. But also, Windows 10 automatically ‘phones home’ a lot to Microsoft for both security patching and hidden product telemetry. Having built and/or run small, secured local area networks, these days I’d prefer every computer have security software installed on it. People loading files from a USB drive or optical drive onto your network would be a concern for me as a network admin.

        Me – I’d ditch Office 2007 on any machine connected to the internet because you can’t have automatic patches for its periodic security needs. If security patch support for Office 2010 is ending then there’s no reason to license it. You’d want either a newer Office version or maybe OfficeLibre. Looking at OfficeLibre’s site just now I didn’t notice an e-mail app. TechSoup provides licensing of Microsoft products which is less expensive to nonprofits.

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