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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365 Is a massive POS
3/25/2014 10:17:07 AM
The company I work for recently forced us all to move to 365. It is a catastrophic POS.
It's constantly talking back and forth to the 365 server...Outlook frequently becomes all but unusable on my cellular wifi service. The amount of phoning home is constantly causing Outlook to freeze up and die.
And the other day, the 365 install on my laptop just stopped working. No reason. Nothing changed on the machine. All the programs just stopped running. No error messages, nothing. A little research on the MS forums reveals that their standard response is "uninstall and reinstall." Yay.
The Office 2007 I was using before was infinitely better in every way. No functionality-killing ribbon, and no availability-killing phoning home constantly.
I literally have no choice but to continue to use it though, because the 365 server won't support Outlook 2007. Or maybe even 2010.
I can not overstate how important it is for NO ONE to ever use 365.
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