Microsoft Wants Quick Death for Office 2003, Leads Users to Office 365
March 25, 2014 9:02 AM
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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
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.
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RE: Just A Matter Of Time
3/25/2014 11:11:24 AM
Just curious, but do you work for an IT Consulting Company? I do, and I work in a medium-sized city (200,000) and it's VERY rare that I see an environment that does not have Active Directory and Office.
Google is the largest competitor and/or threat to Microsoft, NOT open source. Really the only places that use Google Apps en mass are K-12 institutions. Microsoft needs to do a better job penetrating that sector, because these kids are going to grow up using Google Apps instead of Office, and those kids are going to grow in Tech Directors who are really going to push that initiative.
With that said, Office 365 is really an amazing suite. I highly recommend it.
RE: Just A Matter Of Time
3/25/2014 1:14:57 PM
I currently work for a datacenter and I've been in IT since 1996. I've never been at a place that didn't use Microsoft Office and everyone has used Windows Server. But my perception is biased since I'm a Windows guy and I wouldn't be hired at a place that doesn't use a Microsoft environment.
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