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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 inighthawki on 3/25/2014 11:13:16 AM , Rating: 4
Sounds like the ramblings of a standard open source nut. "Big business is just keeping us down by censoring the greatness of open source software!"

Ever consider that a lot of it just kind of sucks?


RE: Just A Matter Of Time
By BRB29 on 3/25/2014 11:51:20 AM , Rating: 2
For professional use, there's nothing better than Office. Believe me, I tried doing case studies and complex graphs iWork, Google and OpenOffice.

I would say use the Google Suite as a student or the Apple Suite. If you got a job, get Office. It's really not expensive anymore especially when you buy it through your job or student discounts.


RE: Just A Matter Of Time
By Solandri on 3/25/2014 12:34:45 PM , Rating: 4
A lot of companies, schools, and organizations which buy site licenses for Office also allow employees to buy a copy for home use for $9.95. I'd check that out first. Most people don't know this program even exists.

http://www.microsofthup.com/hupus/chooser.aspx?cul...

I got my copy through Technet so I'm not sure what HUP actually gives you. But I've seen people recommend you spend the extra $14 to get a DVD copy for future installations.


RE: Just A Matter Of Time
By marvdmartian on 3/25/2014 1:59:00 PM , Rating: 2
MS Home Use Program, for Office 2010, gave me a download for $9.95. If I wanted it on a disk, it cost extra (though I don't recall how much).

As long as that's available to me, I'll utilize it. Not really a huge fan of the whole online/cloud thing yet, as I doubt that security and my privacy are their biggest concerns.


RE: Just A Matter Of Time
By marvdmartian on 3/25/2014 1:59:05 PM , Rating: 2
MS Home Use Program, for Office 2010, gave me a download for $9.95. If I wanted it on a disk, it cost extra (though I don't recall how much).

As long as that's available to me, I'll utilize it. Not really a huge fan of the whole online/cloud thing yet, as I doubt that security and my privacy are their biggest concerns.


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