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Microsoft's says goodbye to Office 2003

Office 2003 has been around for nearly four years and Microsoft feels that it's time to send the old mare off to the glue factory. According to Microsoft, OEM versions of Office 2003 will no longer be available from Microsoft after June 30.

For those that still wish to use Office 2003, Eric Ligman -- Microsoft US Senior Manager for Small Business Community Engagement -- offers this bit of advice: "Remember that for your clients wishing to run Office 2003 still today, by taking advantage of the downgrade rights included in the Volume Licensing versions of Microsoft Office 2007, they can utilize Office 2003 today and then move to Office 2007 when they are ready without having to re-buy their Office license like they would with OEM.  Remember that OEM Microsoft Office does not have downgrade rights."

Microsoft is now encouraging its OEMs to make the transition to Office 2007. Microsoft released Office 2007 for volume licensing on November 30 and made retail versions of the productivity suite available to customers on January 30.

Prices for retail copies of Office 2007 range from $149 for Office Home and Student 2007 to $499 for Office Professional 2007.

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RE: Office 2007 is crappy
By soconne on 6/20/2007 11:32:01 AM , Rating: -1

No but seriously, I have a Dell XPS M170 laptop with a 2.0Ghz Pentium M and 2GB of ram. And Office 2007 IS slower; it takes longer to start, longer to open dialogs, etc... So YES, on MY computer it is slower than Office 2003. Furthermore, I have OpenOffice installed as well and it IS faster on MY computer.

RE: Office 2007 is crappy
By ChronoReverse on 6/20/2007 11:38:55 AM , Rating: 1
Um, OO is the definition of slow and bloated. It's great to have an OSS alternative, but let's not get carried away about the perks.

RE: Office 2007 is crappy
By daftrok on 6/20/2007 11:40:58 AM , Rating: 1
Are you using Vista? Because its actually much faster on that then on XP.

RE: Office 2007 is crappy
By ChronoReverse on 6/20/2007 6:40:10 PM , Rating: 1
Even on XP it's not bad. Inside my VM with 512MB of RAM, Word 2007 snaps on in less than 5 seconds and occupies about 22MB of RAM.

Granted, this obviously indicative of Word 2007 performance, but it's certainly not a slug on any reasonable system.

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