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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 10:54:56 AM , Rating: 1
Well if you decree it it must be so.

Sidenote, OpenOffice has saved our bacon more than a couple times in an Enterprise environment when 2007 and 2010 bowed up and insisted on being fubar. Office is just more idiot friendly. If I have to teach them how to make it work for them though there is little difference.

RE: Just A Matter Of Time
By chripuck on 3/25/2014 10:58:11 AM , Rating: 3
I develop Excel applications for a living. I've been tasked to convert Excel apps to various open source variants and it's always failed because they just don't work as well.

Word, PowerPoint, Outlook the open source variants are fairly spot on and can replace it in a pinch, but Excel is the cream of the crop in terms of end user data analysis.

RE: Just A Matter Of Time
By Accidic on 3/25/2014 11:00:54 AM , Rating: 2
I don't develop for a living but I do use spreadsheets predominantly for a living. And I can work with either without too much issue. Sorry but there haven't been a lot of improvements I can't live without since 2003 was released and to that end, the alternatives are starting to gain ground. At least for the purposes of which I need it.

RE: Just A Matter Of Time
By Vytautas on 3/25/2014 11:06:56 AM , Rating: 2
I do agree on your take of open source excel equivalents, at least for now. They ARE quite limited. But at least in my case (I don´t manage spreadsheets of 66k or more lines), I really don´t need anything more than what the office 2003 version of excel has to offer. An the open source versions are getting better all the time. :)

RE: Just A Matter Of Time
By ipay on 3/25/2014 12:12:00 PM , Rating: 2
As an enterprise and web application developer, I'm curious... what do these Excel applications do? Over the years, I've converted a number of Excel (and Access) to client/server and web apps, because they just didn't work for the clients. What does one done right look like? I haven't seen one and am honestly curious.

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