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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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They won't force users out of Office 2003...
By jnemesh on 3/25/2014 11:51:27 AM , Rating: 1
If they attempt to, they will only drive users away from MS completely! My Dad, for one, HATES the new interfaces. He was turned off by the "ribbons" and stuck with 2003...and still uses it to this day. It does everything he needs it to while running his construction business. I know that if MS attempts to cripple it, he won't move to Office 365 or Office 2013, he will go to LibreOffice or something similar.

In fact, about the ONLY software tying him to MS right now at all is Photoshop. If (when) Adobe comes out with a native Linux version, he is GONE from Windows, permanently.

By DT_Reader on 3/25/2014 12:58:15 PM , Rating: 2
You dad has no reason to stop using Office 2003. Period. Don't let Microsoft scare him. XP, yes, get him off that. But Office 2003 will run on Windows 7 and possibly Windows 8 (I don't know for sure, but I don't see why not unless Microsoft is purposely crippling it).

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