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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 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.

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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