Microsoft quietly ends Office 2010 sales

With the January 29th launch of Office 2013 as well as the launch of Office 365 Home Premium, Microsoft apparently wants to do away with the previous version for Windows, Office 2010, as soon as possible. In fact, a new report says that Microsoft officially ended sales of Office 2010 just a few days after the release of Office 2013.

PCWorld.com reports that while Microsoft offers "end of life" dates for its Windows operating systems, it does not do the same for Office software. Previously, sales of older Office products stopped about six months after a new version was released. However, PCWorld.com reports that an online forum post from a small PC system maker stated they received the following notice from their software distributor:

Please be advised the following skus for Office 2010 will be EOL on 1/31/13.  'X-Distributor' will be allowed to sell-out existing inventory until it’s supply has been depleted.

While Microsoft is no longer officially selling any copies of Office 2010, there may still be a few units that are on store shelves. While those remaining copies can still be bought at or below their suggested retail prices at some locations, other retailers have raised their prices on the software. An example is Amazon.com, which is selling the disc version of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2010 for $169.99, $20 higher than its previous price.

People who buy a new copy of Office 2010 will be eligible to receive a free subscription to the equivalent Office 365 Home Premium SKU until April 30th.

Source: PCWorld.com | Image via Microsoft

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GreatMarkO said,
So, in theory, if Office 2010 has now been EOL'd - have the activation servers for Office 2010 also been EOL'd?!

Unlikely. My Visio 2002 still activates on my Win7 x64 PC at work...

2013 is so much better for tablets vs 2010. Inking seems improved in Powerpoint and Word, not to mention touch scrolling as well; no more having to use scroll bars in Powerpoint!

Get those Office 2010 copies while you still can. If Microsoft continues as it is doing with Office 2013 and Windows-8; those "legacy" software packages will become very valuable. At the very least, they will act as a bridge to carry you through until either Microsoft regains some sanity or until third-party vendors come out with more viable alternatives. (They keep getting better and better all the time.)

I'll tell you what sucks. Shoehorning Microsoft account for Office 2013 PKC installs sucks. And shoehorning Skydrive. I agree - Skydrive's great. But I bought Office not Skydrive and didn't tick a Skydrive box (which isn't there) - SO DON'T INSTALL IT, MKAY!?

Scorbing said,
Office 2013's user interface sucks. It will make you blind if you stare at it too long.

Office 2013 has 3 themes for you to choose.

White, very light grey and light grey. Amazing solution.

The dark UI in Office 2010 actually helps in taking away the focus from the UI and moving it to whatever you're working on (the shading helps a lot too). In Office 2013 everything is just lines and there aren't enough visual clues to focus you on the content. And those horrible ALL CAPS TABS screaming at you. At least you can fix those by exploiting some sort of bug.

I can't imagine a company ending sales of older products in any other way.

"Good morning folks, we are making a small announcement to tell you that we are not going to sell Office 2010 anymore."

On a serious note, I do love Office 2013. Dat rendering.

Really ? I found the rendering in Office 2013 to be really mediocre since it doesn't use subpixel rendering anymore (ClearType). And the cursor animations were really distracting, but I suppose you can turn those off in the release version?

Ishanx said,
I can't imagine a company ending sales of older products in any other way.

"Good morning folks, we are making a small announcement to tell you that we are not going to sell Office 2010 anymore."

On a serious note, I do love Office 2013. Dat rendering.

Same. Love the smooth zooming in and out. 2010 and below always lags badly after putting some high resolutions images.

There goes the greatest version of Office ever. I don't know about you guy's and gal's, but I'm perfectly content with 2010 and will continue to stick with it for the foreseeable future.

idk, i quite like quite a few of the new features added to 2013, especially outlook finally supporting exchange activesync. and on the light grey setting it's really not to bad on the eyes

Tyler R. said,
There goes the greatest version of Office ever. I don't know about you guy's and gal's, but I'm perfectly content with 2010 and will continue to stick with it for the foreseeable future.

The same statement was said about 2007, 2003, XP, 2000 and 97