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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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By chripuck on 3/25/2014 10:56:22 AM , Rating: 4
I would never, I repeat, NEVER, go back to 2003 from 2010. I develop Office applications literally on a daily basis. I build 30+ Excel models a year for clients around the globe. The charting, the conditional formatting, the expanded functions, the increased rows, powerpivot are far improved in 2007+. Open a 30 mb Excel 2003 file and a 30 mb Excel 2010 formatted file and 2010 WILL open it faster. Calculations are faster due to multi-core support.

I could go on and on, but the short version is this; you're clearly not using Excel to it's full potential. Not even close.

I'll add this to: I actually agree with you on every other facet of the Office suite, but Excel is the one clear cut improvement over 2003 and it's not even remotely up for debate.

By Accidic on 3/25/2014 11:05:38 AM , Rating: 2
I would argue that you're merely using it differently. I've been accused of a lot of things, but not using excel to it's full potential has never even remotely been one of them. We have a few people who look at things much like you and sing the praises of the all holy 2010. Yet ironically I tend to weave circles around them and accomplish far more in less time than they do.

That said, I will certainly and wholeheartedly give you that large files open quicker in 2010. Unfortunately for the ways in which we use it, they also crash far more frequently as well.

By w8gaming on 3/25/2014 10:18:01 PM , Rating: 3
That kind of usage makes you different from the norm actually. Most people would not have needed such features and should be happy with Office 2003.

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