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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 Motoman on 3/25/2014 10:01:48 PM , Rating: 2
Office 2003 no longer meets the needs of the way we work, play and live today.>

Bullsh1t. That's the stupidest thing ever uttered by anyone. Or at least, right up there.

365 does f%ck all that helps me in any way, shape, or form...and if we're going to be honest with ourselves, there's nothing that Office 2003 does that Office 95 didn't do that 99.999% of all consumers need.

Realistically, the versions of WordPerfect and Lotus 1-2-3 that ran on Windows 3.11 did everything that 99.999% of all consumers ever need to do. And if you want to assert that that isn't the case, just stop - because you're lying.

Just like Microsoft.

RE: 365 :(
By w8gaming on 3/25/2014 10:15:04 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft realizes that you cannot keep a stable revenue stream if you sell software which is paid once and can then be used forever, especially when the feature set has long since be completed and nothing much can now be added. But considering how many people and companies have been keeping and using the older version of Office for such a long time, the new subscription pricing of $99 is too high. Some companies have been using Office 2003 for more than 10 years, and the cost per year turns out to be a lot less than $99 per year, and Microsoft never get any additional revenue out of them in the past 10 years. Current price will force such companies to pay more, or simply force them to seriously considering moving away from Microsoft. MS should really lower their subscription price instead of trying a money grab here.

RE: 365 :(
By NellyFromMA on 3/27/2014 1:52:11 PM , Rating: 2
You're comparing always having one feature-set to always having the latest.

RE: 365 :(
By CSMR on 3/26/2014 5:50:00 AM , Rating: 2
These are the features that I use of Office 2010

All apps: Multi-author editing online
All apps: equations
All apps: save as PDF
New app: onenote
Excel: new charts

Does that mean I am in the top 0.00000001% of users?

RE: 365 :(
By Motoman on 3/28/2014 12:11:30 PM , Rating: 2
Without a doubt.

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