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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 encryptkeeper on 6/20/2007 5:06:00 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, for a lot of systems, Office 2007 IS slower. System resource usage is a pretty good indicator: 40 mb of memory for microsoft word when I don't even have a word window open is pretty stupid. Outlook takes 60 mb just with the main window and one new message window open, Excel is 20 mb with one table open (that's not too bad). Haven't bothered with Publisher, powerpoint, or access. If the Vista rumors are true, then maybe it is just designed to be handled by Vista better than XP. But remember there are probably 100 machines running XP for every machine running Vista, so you're going to have a lot of people complaining about slowdown. It also seems to be a lot slower in a LAN environment too.


RE: Office 2007 is crappy
By TomZ on 6/20/2007 5:29:15 PM , Rating: 2
Since the article is talking about OEM licenses, I think the ratio of OEM Office licenses on Vista is quite a bit higher than your estimates. I don't have the figures, but I'd guess that most of the PCs being sold at the moment include Vista. If this is true, then most of the OEM Office licenses are probably also going to run on Vista.


RE: Office 2007 is crappy
By FITCamaro on 6/21/2007 6:44:25 PM , Rating: 2
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0 mb of memory for microsoft word when I don't even have a word window open is pretty stupid. Outlook takes 60 mb just with the main window and one new message window open, Excel is 20 mb with one table open (that's not too bad).


Thats because its on your startup task list. Its already running in memory so it takes less time to open when you do want to use it. Many programs are like this. Adobe Acrobat, Quicktime, etc. They all put start up tasks on your computer. You can disable them at startup if you want to by doing start -> run -> msconfig -> Startup and then unchecking anything you don't want to run at startup.

I run Office 2007 on my main machine at home and didn't notice any difference in performance when switching from Office 2003.


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