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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 inperfectdarkness on 3/25/2014 12:08:27 PM , Rating: 3
I'm used to Office 2010 and .docx files and the like. This is mostly due to the PC's where I work being upgraded & also because I qualify for MS discount on Office software. I don't have a huge issue with the migration from the "ease of use" standpoint.

What I do dislike is "change for the sake of change". I get XP going away. The longer an OS is in the tooth, the more and more exploits are found for it. Eventually, like an old car, you end up with so many "fixes" that it's time to start over with something new.

Office isn't like that. Not even close. To me, the forced Office upgrades are unnecessary. A money grab at best. Between all of the added features, MS could potentially justify ONE upgrade to office since 2003, but not a handful.

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