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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 dgingerich on 3/26/2014 3:38:15 PM , Rating: 2
I tried that program once to write a resume. It supposedly saved to MS Office format. When I sent it to someone, thankfully just a recruiter and not directly to an employer, the formatting came out horribly and the person couldn't read it. I ended up having to take LibreOffice, save it to Rich Text format, then open it in OpenOffice as a MS Office file, and save it as a Rich Text format, and then change the extension to .doc so MS Office would open it as an Office 97 format file. It was either that or buy MS Office and redo the entire document. I'm not going through that again. I'm not trying and free office program again. They not only can't seem to get the MS Office formats right, but can't even get the supposedly standard Rich Test Format right.

Office 365 isn't a bad deal at all, considering what you get. Sure, you pay $99/year (if you watch for coupons and specials, you can by like me and pay $80/year,) but you always get the most updated version. So, when Office 2015 comes out, you can upgrade to it without spending any extra.

Also, if your company does things right with their MS licensing, employees can get Office Home Use, which means they can spend $20 to get MS Office at home. (I've known too many employers who just wouldn't set up the proper MS licensing scheme with Software Assurance, which comes with the Home Use Program for free, and wound up paying a ton more than they had to for software when it came time to update to the new one. Many accountants don't seem to realize that Software Assurance is a money saver every time, unless you aren't planning on being in business in five years.)

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