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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 encryptkeeper on 6/20/2007 3:08:07 PM , Rating: 1
They're shit out of luck. We moved from 2003 to 2007 here at work (I work for an OEM manufacturer), and trust me, if you're running workstations on 512 megs of memory and Sempron or Athlon XP processors, make SURE you upgrade your hardware before going to 07'. It sucks some major resources on these older machines. If it's going to be sold to your customers, recommend that they buy some upgraded equipment.

This complaint happens EVERY time there's a change to a new version of office. The only thing I really hate about 07 is that they changed the Academic versions to be single license on one PC, even on the retail version. On 03 you could install on up to 3 pcs in your home. And there wasn't a price change! One license on the academic pro version of 07 costs the same as 3 licenses on 03! That's not right! If I was a teacher, or a parent of multiple children that did not need to share the same computer and needed to use office, I'd be VERY angry.

RE: Mutter mutter
By Erudite on 6/20/2007 5:02:48 PM , Rating: 2
I'd guess thats because of the new Home and Student edition, which offers Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. It installs on 3 PCs. I'm not sure what the price is on the academic version, but Home and Student is about $150, and the only con in my opinion is that it doesn't include Outlook - though I doubt many home users use full blown Outlook for email.

I work in an OEM store that builds computers and does some upgrades, and I can probably count the number of times that anybody has wanted to upgrade their version of Office since I started about three years ago on one hand. I know it's a bit of a hog, but the PCs that we're building now, even the lower-end PCs, are pretty well equipped to handle it. But then, we don't even quote Celeron systems without 1 GB of RAM anymore...

And judging by this:

According to Microsoft, OEM versions of Office 2003 will no longer be available from Microsoft after June 30.

The article wasn't talking about upgrading anyway. You were talking about it, but maybe not in reference to the article. This is just about the OEM version of Office, not retail or upgrade. I think those were pulled more than a month ago.

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