Microsoft quietly drops Office 2010 upgrade

You'd think Microsoft would make more noise about this, given it has bug fixes.

Sometimes, this company just baffles me. Microsoft has released the second service pack for Office 2010, which it has been beta testing since April, with pretty much no notice on Press Pass, its PR site, or in an email blast to the media.

The software titan has also released the final SP2 for SharePoint 2010.

Though it didn't make a lot of noise about the release, Microsoft did cobble together a nice Excel document with a full listing of everything that is included in the service packs for both Office and SharePoint. Microsoft says these new bug fixes offer improvements in all three key areas — stability, performance, and security.

Office 2010 SP2 comes in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors and contains all the previous fixes and updates made to the software up until May 2013. More importantly, it also includes some patches that were previously unreleased, making this an essential download for users of Microsoft Office 2010.

Office 2010 is no longer available for purchase since, as is tradition, Microsoft drops the older version when a new product is released, and Office 2013 came out in January of this year. Microsoft also released Office 365, the online, on-demand version of the software, and seems to be placing greater emphasis on that than on the installed version.

However, mainstream support for Office 2010 will run until November 2015, while extended support for Office 2010 (meaning bug fixes) will continue until November 2020.

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