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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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I hate the ribbon.
By aliasfox on 3/25/2014 11:02:20 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know if Office365 has it, but in Office 2007, 2010, 2011 (Mac), and (I presume) 2013, it's atrocious, slow, a screen hog, and inconvenient. Don't think I'm an old fart either - I'm 29, and have only been working in Office every day since 2003 (Word) and 2007 (Excel).

Sure, 2003 is ugly, and having 1MM rows in 2007 onwards is a godsend. But having to click between tabs to get to Pivot Tables and then somewhere else to format and having to figure out what lots of little icons mean when you're looking for a not-commonly-used function... not cool. I've used 2007+ as long as I used 2003 (about 4 years each), and I'm still griping about this.

At least 2010 isn't as slow/unstable as 2007 was. No idea what Office 365 feels like.

Also, for mobile devices - I've used Apple Numbers on my iPad, and while it's fine for playing with a few numbers to show a client/customer, I feel like it would be beyond painful to do anything in depth. Spreadsheets on touch/mobile is a checkbox feature, not a game changer.

Lastly, while I love my Mac for home use (including photo workflow), I can't stand Excel 2011. That is all.

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