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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 Office 365.
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. 

Source: Office

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RE: Just A Matter Of Time
By Accidic on 3/25/2014 10:37:13 AM , Rating: 2
I've done this. It helps but it's still a headache and not worth being troubled with it. They're lucky the spreadsheet area is far superior in 2007+ or there'd be literally no reason to ever get away from 2003 aside from Office compatibility. I would never dream of spending money on a 2007+ version of Office. I may get forced to use it at work but that's as far as I'm willing to go.

RE: Just A Matter Of Time
By Just Tom on 3/25/2014 11:24:05 AM , Rating: 1
While I understand not upgrading, my home machine still has Office 2003, I don't see how it is a headache to add commands to the quick access toolbar. The process is pretty simple and straightforward.

RE: Just A Matter Of Time
By Accidic on 3/25/2014 11:31:20 AM , Rating: 2
You can actually download freely created versions as well (ubit comes to mind). You still lose quite a bit of real estate. Our portable is restricted to a 13" screen at 1360x768. That's a lot of real estate to abandon. In 2003 I use a minimalist layout. 1 line, 2 at the absolute max with the 2nd at the bottom to intentionally segregate items. I don't mind people who bought in disagreeing with my opinion on the subject. You can call me stubborn even if you'd like. But I'd point out it's no more stubborn than Microsoft and the stupid ribbon in the first place.

RE: Just A Matter Of Time
By Just Tom on 3/31/2014 8:20:49 PM , Rating: 2
You do realize you can minimize the ribbon? If you do so it takes up the same space as the traditional menu bar.

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