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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 3/26/2014 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.


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