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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 byundt on 3/25/2014 11:38:34 AM , Rating: 2
I'll grant you the fact that Excel 2007 and later support over a million rows, and conditional formatting has been improved.

I beg to differ, however, regarding the speed of Excel 2003 and its macro support. I just benchmarked my most calculation intensive workbook (lots of VBA code and iterative calculations) on a computer that has Excel 2003 through 2013 installed. Results are as follows:
Excel 2003 1.71 seconds
Excel 2007 3.09
Excel 2010 2.78
Excel 2013 1.65

The VBA macro language has been kept up to date with the big grid, new objects and properties, but there haven't been any improvements under the hood since Excel 2003. Documentation of VBA was far better for Excel 2003 than for subsequent versions, as content has been removed from the later versions.

If VBA won't do what you need with macros, your needs must be somewhat arcane.


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