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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 Motoman on 3/25/2014 9:58:45 PM , Rating: 2
Why shouldn't he be? For that matter, why shouldn't people be upset that they're being told they have to leave XP?

Say you buy a car. It's not been perfect - you'd had to have a couple things fixed over the years, but you like it and it suits your needs perfectly. Then one day, 10 years after you bought it, Ford calls you and says your car is no longer safe to drive, and you can't use it anymore.

I understand completely that it makes no sense for Microsoft (or anyone else) to continue to provide support for old products that they're no longer making money on. But to tell the consumer that he shouldn't be upset that he's being forced to buy a new product...when the old product is perfectly fine?

You're horribly out of touch. Virtually no one needs any features in an office suite that weren't present in 2003 (or, really, the Win3.1 version of WordPerfect for that matter). Nor do they need any OS features that aren't present in XP. They're being forced to buy new products, when there's nothing wrong with their old products.

Imagine being told by the company that made the door locks on your house that, since those locks are 10 years old now, they're suddenly going to be insecure and there's really no way to secure your house from intruders and thieves unless you run out and buy new locks.

Sucks, doesn't it?


RE: Just A Matter Of Time
By corduroygt on 3/26/2014 12:42:37 PM , Rating: 2
But MS isn't saying people can't use O2003 anymore? It's similar to driving your car to a Ford dealership and them wanting you to sell a new car saying your car is 10 year old and that they won't be able to service 2003 models anymore. Which is fine, there are plenty of places that will service old cars.


RE: Just A Matter Of Time
By Motoman on 3/26/2014 2:41:26 PM , Rating: 2
Not really.

XP/2003 are now forever going to make you vulnerable to security breaches. Saying that "well you can just keep using it anyway" isn't really all that valid, now is it?

There's not the slightest validity to saying it's like an old car the dealer doesn't want to maintain anymore. Your old car isn't going to let someone in and steal your purse because Ford doesn't want to service your door locks anymore.


RE: Just A Matter Of Time
By NellyFromMA on 3/27/2014 1:51:04 PM , Rating: 2
So should MS offer support for XP in perpetuity for life? Who's life? Your's? Bill's?

Are you suggesting MS should do it for free?

Or, should they offer a security service for a fee for those who choose to stay on XP and are overly concerned with security ramifications?

Would you pay? If so, how much? Would it basically just add up to the cost of Windows 7?

See, that's why its going away. Because it doesn't economically make sense.

Your analogy just doesn't fit the reality of what we're discussing. Choose a better one.


RE: Just A Matter Of Time
By NellyFromMA on 3/27/2014 1:48:17 PM , Rating: 2
No one says you have to leave XP. There is no kill-switch for the OS. You can use it as long as you want.

However, MS has decided that it doesn't make any sense to support XP, just as they had for 3.5, 95, 98, ME, 2000 etc.

It's just not new. You can keep using any of those OS including XP. You just aren't going to get updates forever. Starting any moment.

quote:
You're horribly out of touch. Virtually no one needs any features in an office suite that weren't present in 2003 (or, really, the Win3.1 version of WordPerfect for that matter). Nor do they need any OS features that aren't present in XP. They're being forced to buy new products, when there's nothing wrong with their old products.


I'm not horribly out of touch, but thanks for making it personal..

On that note, I don't expect ANY software company that ISN'T subscription based to support their product for the entirety of my life. Rather, I expect them to support the product for as long as they STATE. And to that end, you actually got more than that because they already delayed the EOL date. So, you actually got MORE than what MS said you would.

Sure, Office 2003, and XP for that matter, largely reflect the FUNCTIONALITY of todays world from an end-user perspective. What they don't do is offer sufficient SECURITY.

Sorry, but I don't expect MS to support Windows 95 - XP forever. I think the thought that they should is well, horribly out of touch.

Also, no car is garunteed to be safe 10 years after it was purchased. It SHOULD be, IF properly maintained. However, no car manufacturer even offers warranty greater than 10 year, 100,000 miles to my knowledge. That doesn't mean you can't still drive it.

So, that analogy isn't quite right either.


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