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        AskWoody Plus

        Office 2010 reaches EOL in October 2020.  My wife and I have a two-seat licence (one desktop, one laptop) for Office 2010 Home & Business.  Mine is upgraded to Pro to include Access, though I could do without that.

        Where next?  I think that I still want my software to be on our machines rather than “up there, somewhere”, so I don’t want to go with Office 365.  I could go the Microsoft route and pay the full whack, about £ 250 per seat for Office 2019 H & B from the MS webshop.  From other sources, you could pay almost what you want to, from £ 134 to 150-ish for Office 2016 H & B at Amazon, to other sites offering Office 2016 or 2019, both H & B, for £ 39.99, for a key for a digital download.  There’s not even any premium for Office Professional over Office H & B

        I have seen the cautions on AW about cheap, dodgy downloads.  How cheap is too cheap?

        Dell E5570 Latitude, Intel Core i5 6440@2.60 GHz, 8.00 GB - Win 10 Pro

      • #2042345

        I have Office 2010 Pro also. I’m going to keep using it. And if I don’t need the Access, I can use Liber Office – it handles Office formats.

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      • #2042419
        AskWoody MVP

        With Office 365 you get to install desktop software. You do not have to use the online versions of the Office software. You are NOT forced to use the cloud for anything. You may choose to use the 1TB of storage per user. With Office 365 Home you get 6 users plus unlimited installs per user. If you choose Office 365 shop around for a price. Do NOT pay Microsoft list.


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      • #2042445

        I too also use Office 2010 and will continue to use it even past the Oct. 2020 EOL date (one of my family’s PCs that came pre-installed with Win7 had Office 2010 starter edition).
        there are no real incentives for me to upgrade to newer MS Office versions since they are not really better than the one that I have.

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      • #2042541

        This page lets you download from Microsoft the Office 2010 installer (if you are an owner)   Grab it now if you lost your media.

        If one uses antivirus software, tries not to open unsolicited attachments, and maybe turns off scripting, maybe it is safe enough for some to keep using the old versions.

        Do Office key cards come with holograms the way they used to?  If I needed to prove my Office was legitimate, I would want a receipt from one of the top 15 most popular stores, and if it was from Amazon or Walmart, to make sure it was not from a “third party seller” unless that third party was Microsoft.

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      • #2083976
        AskWoody Plus

        I gave up on MS Office 5 years ago and have been using LibreOffice on my Windows 10, Windows 7, and Linux (various distributions) with no problems ever since. I even have the portable version of LibreOffice on a thumb drive to travel with. The only caveat I have is make sure you make sure you have all instances set up the same.

        For compatibility purposes I use  the “Word 97-2003” save as type, as that is almost universal for the others I share files with.

      • #2084674
        AskWoody Plus

        This topic got me thinking about whether Office 97 would run on W10. I had made the assumption that it would not, I now see the Office 95 was the first to be 32 bit and that 97 works fine on W10. I now do not NEED my XP virtual machine to do a task I do yearly that I was never able to do with LibreOffice .

        Which leads to my question re the OPs, what would be the down side of an older version of office (Outlook aside). The threat is always on the net if the program does not ‘touch’ the net what harm might there be??


        Just because you don't know where you are going doesn't mean any road will get you there.
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        AskWoody Plus

        Which leads to my question re the OPs, what would be the down side of an older version of office (Outlook aside).

        Wavy – taking a straw poll of those answering, the majority seems to favour “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.  And this may be what I do.

        Certainly, Office 2010 is much more visually pleasing than Office 2013, which I have installed on my Surface Pro 3.  Above all, I know my way around 2010, which I find easier to navigate than 2013.

        So, perhaps I may do nothing.

        Dell E5570 Latitude, Intel Core i5 6440@2.60 GHz, 8.00 GB - Win 10 Pro

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