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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 HrilL on 6/20/2007 12:09:12 PM , Rating: 2
When I had vista 2007 was pretty nice and on xp 64bit it is still not too bad but it is a little slower then 2003 at loading but once it is started it is just as fast or faster. I have a 3500+ @ 2.53ghz and 2GB of ram. My mom uses 2007 on her 1ghz cel. and 512MB of ram. Only thing slower really is load times and with the new ui there is no menu loading time like with 2003. And the new files are awesome 12KB for the same files that were 27KB in .doc format. Not that saving that little of space in even noticeable but at least M$ didn't fallow its same trend of making new files bigger then the older ones. It does take some time to get used to though but once you learn how it works you'll probably think it is better... As for open office that program is great. Love it for the simple fact it is free and is just as good as 2003 imo.

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