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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: Mutter mutter
By peritusONE on 6/20/2007 2:40:37 PM , Rating: 2
Take Office 2007 pro, the OEM ( price) is $304.90, while the full version at Amazon is 424.99. The difference isn't that large,

Wow, I wish I had as much money as you. Because $120 seems like a hell of a difference to me. Besides, that's for one license. When you start talking about volume licensing and the like, that $120 difference will turn into a heck of a lot of money saved.

RE: Mutter mutter
By mjrpes3 on 6/21/2007 3:32:16 AM , Rating: 2
You can't install the OEM version of Office on a computer different than the one you initially installed it on. You buy a new computer, the software stays with the old one.

So, if you upgrade or change computers often, retail is the way to go.

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