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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 DT_Reader on 3/25/2014 12:29:08 PM , Rating: 2
You can still buy Office 2013 outright.

Or you can continue to use Office 2003, which still runs on Windows 7 (I can't speak for Windows 8). No support after April? So what - I haven't had any real support from Microsoft for years. Any questions are answered on blogs, not official Microsoft support sites.

And there are several very good free alternatives to Office 2003. If Office 2003 does all you need, you'll be very happy with Libre Office or Apache Open Office or Kingsoft Office.

RE: Just A Matter Of Time
By Murloc on 3/25/2014 2:58:32 PM , Rating: 2
1. Office 2007 onwards offers a real productivity increase.
Really, it was like day and night. After that, it was just nice but incremental upgrades again.
2. Open source office suits from a user point of view are just ugly and cluttered.

RE: Just A Matter Of Time
By smilingcrow on 3/25/2014 6:26:47 PM , Rating: 2
"If Office 2003 does all you need, you'll be very happy with Libre Office"

Even a 10 year old version of MS Office has more features and is much faster than the current version of Libre Office.
If you are happy with Libre then you never needed MS Office in the first place which is true for many home users.
For myself the lack of an email client is a limitation as well.

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