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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: 365 :(
By Yorgos on 3/25/2014 12:38:07 PM , Rating: 2
Well you get a certain amount of functionality for 0 $, which is huge considering the $ someone has to pay. Again 0 $.

On the other hand if we all contribute once a fair amount of money then the free/opensource s/w will get better and better. I won't instantly match the features of MS office but it will catch up within a year or so.

To predict the results of our contributions is easy, it depends on us, if we can live a little bit longer with the current features/version.


RE: 365 :(
By jardows on 3/25/2014 2:14:09 PM , Rating: 5
Not arguing against the value of Open/Libre Office. But in a business environment, time is money. If I need the functionality and integration of MS Office now, I cannot wait an indefinite period of time hoping that the open source alternative will have it. If I can do the same thing, but it takes longer to set up my spreadsheet/database/WP application in the open source version, the additional cost of MS Office will become negligible.

Predicting the results of contributing to an OSS project is not easy. LibreOffice is a fork from OpenOffice. When will there be a major fork of LibreOffice, dividing the development community once again, and slowing implementation of new features? How can we be certain that the features may people find attractive about MS Office are even on the schedule from the OSS project managers? Being a user and not a programmer, I am at the mercy of those who do program.

There are companies that spend tremendous amounts of money for support contracts that are never used, just to have the assurance that *if* something goes wrong, there is a trained professional who will help fix things quickly. This is how companies like RedHat and Canonical make money. With MS Office, the support if bundled with the upfront cost of the product, or with the subscription for 365.

The value proposition is one to be considered, and a blanket recommendation to switch to an OSS alternative will likely not work for the majority of people who make a living using MS Office.


RE: 365 :(
By phatboye on 3/26/2014 1:45:38 AM , Rating: 2
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How can we be certain that the features may people find attractive about MS Office are even on the schedule from the OSS project managers? Being a user and not a programmer, I am at the mercy of those who do program.
The same can be said about MS's products since you do not work for MS what is to say that you are not at the mercy of MS i.e. should they decide to force you into a subscription based model?

So long as you do not own the source code you will be at someones mercy at least with OSS i can change the code myself or hire a programmer to add in any desired feature that I may want. With MS you can only do as you are told.


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