Microsoft Wants Quick Death for Office 2003, Leads Users to Office 365
March 25, 2014 9:02 AM
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Support for Office 2003 ends April 8 along with Windows XP
Microsoft has stepped up its efforts in recent months to kill off Windows XP for good, and those efforts are now extending to Office 2003. Office 2003 has been around for over a decade and Microsoft wants users to switch to
Microsoft wrote in a blog post, "Office 2003 no longer meets the needs of the way we work, play and live today. For this reason, it is time to say farewell to Office 2003 and embrace the productivity solution of today – Office 365."
Microsoft wants users to ditch Office 2003
Many people have been using Office 2003 for years simply because it does all they need and it's paid for. Office 365 requires a subscription and you will need to continue paying to keep it active.
Microsoft says that support for Office 2003 will end on April 8.
We already knew that support for Windows XP would also end on April 8, and Microsoft has
resorted to pop ups
to tell XP users the end is here. Microsoft also
offers a $100 discount
to get XP users to upgrade to Windows 8.
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3/25/2014 10:10:11 AM
I'm a web designer of 17 years and I use a desktop 90% of the day and a 27" monitor. I also use Office 2003 since it's paid for and does everything I need.
I've never had to need to work with Office apps on a phone or tablet. On occasion I've opened a Office doc on my phone from an email, but that's about it.
Microsoft: stop trying to predict the future and stop forcing your core user base onto devices we don't care about and will not actually use. Sure I have smart phone and tablets as well, but they are more toys and for content consumption.
ps. I hate all software as a service, software subscriptions... I'll use Office 2003 for YEARS yet as there's no reason to switch for me. Won't be using Win8 anytime soon either, lol.
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