Achieve more with your documents—upgrade from Word 2010 to Word 2016

Are you still using Word 2010? Now you can create and edit documents more easily from anywhere, on any device, with Word 2016.

With an Office 365 subscription you’ll get Word 2016 —and other apps like PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote—for your PC, Mac, and other devices. You also get 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage per user, 24/7 tech support, and more.

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Release and support

Word 2010 was released in July 2010, and extended support ends October 2020. You can find more release and support information in the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy.

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Find the help you need

Visit the Office support site for book excerpts, tutorials, and help topics on Word. You can also join the Office community to ask a question or start a discussion.

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Stay in the know

Keep on top of what’s new in the Office Blog. Learn about feature updates and get tips for staying productive and creating professional documents with ease.

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Word 2010 features and highlights

User interface updates

  • Word 2010 lets you personalize the ribbon (first introduced in Word 2007) to fit how you work. Create custom tabs and groups that contain the commands you use most frequently.
  • In Word 2010, the Office Button was replaced with a menu button that goes to the Office Backstage View, which gives you access to things like printing and sharing.

Improved formatting features

  • Word 2010 added eye-catching effects, new text capabilities, and easier navigation to features like tables, headers and footers, and style sets.
  • 20 new artistic image effects in Word 2010 include Pencil Sketch, Line Drawing, Watercolor Sponge, Mosaic Bubbles, Glass, Pastels Smooth, Plastic Wrap, Photocopy, and Paint Strokes.
  • Image editing features let you fine-tune color, brightness, contrast, and sharpness, and gave more control over image quality, compression, and formatting.

Better document navigation

  • The Document Navigation pane was introduced to help you quickly find your way around long documents. Use the pane to drag and drop headings within your document and rearrange the structure.
  • An incremental search function lets you find content in documents without needing to know exactly what you’re searching for.

What’s new in Word 2016 + Office 365

Word 2016 has all the professional document features you know and love, plus enhancements and new features available only in Office 365.

Collaborate with ease

With 1 TB of OneDrive storage, you can store, share, and co-author your Word documents with colleagues. Work together across multiple devices, and see others’ changes as they make them in real time.

Take Word on the go

Review and edit documents at work, home, or anywhere in between with Office mobile apps. Get a familiar user interface optimized for iOS®, Android™, and Windows mobile devices.

Get insights as you work

The Tell Me feature in Word 2016 makes it easier to find commands and features in Word. The new Insights feature makes web research a snap—find definitions, online articles, and more, without leaving Word.

Stay up to date

With an active Office 365 subscription, you’ll always have the latest Office apps, features, and services. Get the installed applications you know and trust—including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

Compare Word 2010 and Office 365

Compare Word 2010 and Office 365
Word features

Word 2016 *Included with Office 365 feature details, and more

Word 2010 feature details, and more

Real-time co-authoring

Work with others simultaneously on a document, not matter what device you’re using.

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Easier reading

Use Read mode for a clean, comfortable reading experience on screens large and small.

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PDF Reflow

Open PDF documents in Word to edit paragraphs and tables and create your own Word documents.

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Mobile productivity on any device

Try the Word mobile app and get more done on the go. Create, edit, and share your work across all your devices.

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Document research

Use Insights to find information in context from the web—without leaving your document.

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Always up to date

Always have the latest version of Office apps, features, and services.

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Word 2010 resources

Download Office 2010

Download and install Office 2010 using an existing product key.

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Word 2010 help topics

Find user guides, training, and other support for Word 2010.

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Other versions of Office

Learn about other versions of Office and how you can upgrade to the new Office 365.

Frequently asked questions

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Office 2010 suites include applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook; they are available as a one-time purchase for use on a single PC.

Office 365 plans include 2016 versions of these applications plus other services that are enabled over the Internet, including online storage with OneDrive and Skype minutes for home use. With Office 365 you get the full, installed Office experience on PCs, Macs, tablets (including iPad® and Android™ tablet) and phones. Office 365 plans are available as a monthly or annual subscription. Learn more.

Office supports PCs running Windows 7 or later and Macs running Mac OS X 10.10 for Office 2016 for Mac. For more information, including requirements for Apple® and Android™ tablets, view full system requirements.

You don’t need to be connected to the Internet to use Office applications, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, because the applications are fully installed on your computer.

However, Internet access is required to install and activate all the latest releases of Office suites and all Office 365 subscription plans. For Office 365 plans, Internet access is also needed to manage your subscription account, for example to install Office on other PCs or to change billing options. Internet access is also required to access documents stored on OneDrive, unless you install the OneDrive desktop app.

You should also connect to the Internet regularly to keep your version of Office up to date and benefit from automatic upgrades. If you don’t connect to the Internet at least every 31 days, your applications will go into reduced functionality mode, which means that you can view or print your documents but cannot edit the documents or create new ones. To reactivate your Office applications, reconnect to the Internet.

Yes. Documents that you have created belong fully to you. You can choose to store them online on OneDrive or locally on your PC or Mac.

If you cancel your subscription or it expires, you can still access and download all your files by signing in to OneDrive directly using the Microsoft account you used to set up Office 365. You do lose the additional storage that comes with your subscription, so you must save your files elsewhere or buy more OneDrive storage if your OneDrive account exceeds the free storage quota.

If you purchase an auto-renew subscription, your subscription starts when you complete your purchase. You can purchase auto-renew subscriptions from,, iTunes®, and some other retailers. If you purchase a pre-paid subscription, your subscription starts when you activate your subscription and land on your My Account page. You can purchase pre-paid subscriptions from a retailer or reseller, or a Microsoft support agent.

If you have an active Office 365 Home subscription, you can share it with up to four members of your household. Each household member you share your subscription with can use any of your available installs on their PCs, Macs, iPads, Android tablets, Windows tablets, iPhones®, or Android phones, get an additional 1 TB of OneDrive storage, and manage their own installs from To add someone to your subscription, visit and follow the onscreen instructions to add a user. Each person you add will receive an email with the steps they need to follow. Once they have accepted and completed the steps, their information, including the installs they are using, will appear on your My Account page. You can stop sharing your subscription with someone or remove a device they are using at

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