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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 Vytautas on 3/25/2014 11:01:33 AM , Rating: 2
Funny you say that. Not every new idea or interface design must be better than the one before. Fact is the ribbon and metro interfaces are more or less POS for any serious work productivity.
And I´m not some kind of Luddite sticking to something of the past just because it´s supposedly "the thing I know".
I have tried to use the new office versions and even windows 8, but productivity loss is too great. 15-20% may not look like much, but the difference is quite real. Just like these last two weeks I´ve been translating about 200 pages of text. This will take approximately 100-120 hours of 12 ten hour days of work. By switching to a later office version it would take me 2-2,5 ADDITIONAL 10 hour workdays to finish this job. Quite the difference, don´t you think?
I actually studied computer science, so it´s not like I don´t know how to use software.
Up to office 2003 I did upgrade almost immediately after a new version was released. I even made the switch from XP to win 7 almost immediately (although windows vista and 7 did fumble quite a bit with the interface too. Mainly with network settings management, but really quite a lot of system configuration functionality was hidden 3-5 clicks away, when it was only 2-3 clicks away in XP), because the advantages were very obvious.
So again, it´s a point of perspective. A dumbified interface makes software easier to use and more pleasing for very basic usage patterns and inexperienced users in general, but a pain in the neck for any serious work.

Yes, compatibility problems (even with microsoft compatibility pack) are starting to crop out. So it´s only a matter of a few years before I WILL be forced to upgrade. But it does seem it wont be to a Microsoft product, but rather an open software version, because of the interface tendencies in Microsoft.


RE: Just A Matter Of Time
By inighthawki on 3/25/2014 11:19:17 AM , Rating: 4
You're full of it. There is nothing so inherently unproductive about the ribbon that would take that much extra time to accomplish something. And if it really did, then you could have easily learned a handful of keyboard shortcuts.


RE: Just A Matter Of Time
By Vytautas on 3/25/2014 11:34:27 AM , Rating: 2
How much pages do you write, edit or otherwise do serious work each day? Not so many, don´t you?
Yeah, thought so. A 15% loss in productivity may not seem like much when writing a 2 page document. It is quite a big difference when you work on large documents.

There is NO way two, three or more clicks take equal or less time than 1 click. It´s as simple as that. Clicks take time. That time is equal to lost productivity.

If I didn´t have to use so much and varied formatting tools MAY BE the loss of productivity wouldn´t be so great, but I do. So the end result is a net 15-20% loss when using later versions of microsoft office packs.


RE: Just A Matter Of Time
By _devo on 3/25/2014 6:35:48 PM , Rating: 2
I created an account just to back up the original poster. I also use Word up to 10 hours a day. Serious productivity was lost for after moving away from office 2003 (forced migration from work). On top of that Microsoft purposefully gimped the compatibility mode. For example, resizing pictures is usually not allowed via the ribbon and complicated macros no longer work. Much needed functions are simply not in the ribbon menu when you try to do any serious work. I will admit that for commonly used functions the ribbon menu is quite fast for keyboard short cuts.
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