Microsoft Office XP extended support ends July 11

In just a few short days, one of Microsoft's most successful products will have its official support shut down. As the company previously announced many years ago, the extended but official support for its Office XP productivity software suite will be shut down on July 11. The primary support level for Office XP shut down back in 2006. This new deadline means that after July 11 there will be no further support for the product. That includes no more software update.

It also means that if you are still using Office XP as part of your work you might want to consider switching to an updated version of Office very soon. Because there won't be any more software updates Office XP will be vulnerable to any future exploits that may be discovered and then used by hackers.

Launched in March 2001, Office XP was a big improvement over the previous version, Office 2000. It included the addition of a Safe Mode so users could still open Office apps when they might not otherwise Many users were happy that Office XP ditched "Clippit", the animated paper clip that was supposed to help users with Office 2000 features. Instead it became a huge annoyance and has been mocked and satirized even today. Office XP was also the first Office product to require a product activation feature to help combat the piracy of the software.

Microsoft has of course moved on with more advanced versions (Office 2003, Office 2007 and Office 2010). The next version of the Office suite is Office 2012 which is due for release in, naturally, 2012. Microsoft has also recently launched Office 365, a web based version of its Office software.

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"Many users were happy that Office XP ditched "Clippit", the animated paper clip that was supposed to help users with Office 2000 features."

More misinformation! This post is full of fail. The Microsoft Office Assistant was included till Office 2007 (the first version not to include it as it was more or less a rewrite) The Office 2k line including Office 2000, XP, and 2003 were all from the same code base.

Matt A. Tobin said,
"Many users were happy that Office XP ditched "Clippit", the animated paper clip that was supposed to help users with Office 2000 features."

More misinformation! This post is full of fail. The Microsoft Office Assistant was included till Office 2007 (the first version not to include it as it was more or less a rewrite) The Office 2k line including Office 2000, XP, and 2003 were all from the same code base.


Wasn't his name "Clippy"?

RealFduch said,
Wasn't his name "Clippy"?

Clippit is the official name. Clippy is a nickname, but more often called various names that can't be posted here. Good riddance.

Max Norris said,

... but more often called various names that can't be posted here. Good riddance.

I just liked having the office cat (Links?) hang out on my screen my self but as a help system it was pretty useless.

Matt A. Tobin said,

I just liked having the office cat (Links?) hang out on my screen my self but as a help system it was pretty useless.

Loved the Nature one, the sounds of that were fantastic... I want it now, just for the animations and sounds, it was quite relaxing.
So the question is, is it possible to get the actor-thing running outside of office.

cleverclogs said,
So the question is, is it possible to get the actor-thing running outside of office.

It is yes (Microsoft Agent), although it's just barely supported in 7 via an optional download, and not at all for any future versions. MSDN has the API reference (COM), including the TTS and speech recognition bits. I'm buying Windows 8 just for the knowledge that Agent absolutely positively won't be there
http://www.microsoft.com/products/msagent/main.aspx

Some misinformation, Office XP wasn't really a major release when you think about it and if you were to consider what the major features were, its probably the TaskPane, Smart Tags, Send for Review and SharePoint integration. Office 2000 before it targetted mostly IT shops because it was so much easier to deploy on Windows 2000 than Office 97. Also, Office XP was not the first to introduce product activation in Office, Office 2000 SR-1 first implemented it. I remember when I bought Office 2000 Premium SP1, I had to call Microsoft to have it activated or it went into reduced functional mode after 50 uses.

I don't think this is true for Office XP for business use. Correct me if i'm wrong, but extended support continues 10 years after release of latest service pack.
SP3 was released March 2004, meaning Extended Support will last till 2014...no?

MS are so vague with their documentation on this.

Grunt said,
I don't think this is true for Office XP for business use. Correct me if i'm wrong, but extended support continues 10 years after release of latest service pack.
SP3 was released March 2004, meaning Extended Support will last till 2014...no?

MS are so vague with their documentation on this.

you are dead wrong
extended stay consist from product release

read below from MS lifecycle


Service Pack Support Policy

1.When a new service pack is released, Microsoft will provide either 12 or 24 months of support for the previous service pack
2.Support for the previous service packs is either 12 or 24 months, varying according to the product family (for example, Windows, Office, Servers, or Developer tools)
3.Support timelines for service packs will remain consistent within the product family
4.Microsoft will publish specific support timelines for a previous service pack when the new service pack is released
5.When support for a service pack ends, Microsoft will no longer provide new security updates, hotfixes or other updates for that service pack. Limited break/fix troubleshooting will continue to be available, as described below.
6.When support for a product ends, support of the service packs for that product will also end. The product's support lifecycle supersedes the service pack support policy

http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/#tab2

alexalex said,
Wasn't Office XP renamed to Office 2002 ? That is what is showing in about box

Nope. Office XP was always called Office XP. The individual apps were called xxxx 2002. You're not seeing the About box for Office XP.

I still can't get my head around anything from 2007 onwards. I need to use a flash file to show me where all the options from 2003 are hiding.

But that's comparing 2003 onwards. It seems about time that Office XP said goodbye. It's not like other versions can't run on Windows XP.

Intrinsica said,
I still can't get my head around anything from 2007 onwards. I need to use a flash file to show me where all the options from 2003 are hiding.

But that's comparing 2003 onwards. It seems about time that Office XP said goodbye. It's not like other versions can't run on Windows XP.

See I got to grips with Office 2007 pretty quickly, and now using Office 2003 seems quite counter-intuitive. I think though that that is down to the fact that Office 2007 got me using proper header styles (instead of just ctrl+b, ctrl+u, ctrl+i, etc), which are much less obvious in office 2003 and earlier.

Intrinsica said,
I still can't get my head around anything from 2007 onwards. I need to use a flash file to show me where all the options from 2003 are hiding.

But that's comparing 2003 onwards. It seems about time that Office XP said goodbye. It's not like other versions can't run on Windows XP.

The best way to learn it is to sit down for a while, and play. Don't do actual work, but just play around, click things, and get to grips where everything is hiding.

I'm in the same boat as Majesticmerc, I played with 2007 for a while, used it for actual work for a while, then when I had to use 2003, I got lost and wondered how I ever used it.

Douglas_C said,

The best way to learn it is to sit down for a while, and play. Don't do actual work, but just play around, click things, and get to grips where everything is hiding.

I'm in the same boat as Majesticmerc, I played with 2007 for a while, used it for actual work for a while, then when I had to use 2003, I got lost and wondered how I ever used it.

Another good tip is to utilize the command bar at the top. Most people seem to use only what's on the home tap and a couple miscellaneous tools scatter throughout. It helps a lot to pin those random tools to the top.

torrentthief said,
people still use office xp?

office 2003/2010/libreoffice is the way to go. 2007 was fairly crap imo.


With a name like that, I'm surprised you're not using Office XP Enterprise.

torrentthief said,
people still use office xp?

office 2003/2010/libreoffice is the way to go. 2007 was fairly crap imo.

LOL! User name says it all!

thenonhacker said,

LOL! User name says it all!

i steal torrents too but i aint got an office package at all

torrentthief said,
people still use office xp?

office 2003/2010/libreoffice is the way to go. 2007 was fairly crap imo.

I can say people and some corporations still use Office XP.

torrentthief said,
people still use office xp?

office 2003/2010/libreoffice is the way to go. 2007 was fairly crap imo.


Wrong. Surprised you mentioned 2010 as it's simply 2007 with knobs on.

torrentthief said,
people still use office xp?
office 2003/2010/libreoffice is the way to go. 2007 was fairly crap imo.

With kind of short time between Office XP and 2003, I think XP never had the time to take a real good foothold. For most companies with Office 97 and 2000, by the time they were done with testing XP, if they had even started, 2003 was out. So I don't think too many people are going to cry in their coffee this morning.

I'm just extremely pleased I work for a company that remains well updated. I'm running Windows 7 Enterprise and Office 2010 Professional Plus at work.

torrentthief said,
people still use office xp?

office 2003/2010/libreoffice is the way to go. 2007 was fairly crap imo.

Office XP is a much better product than LibOffice/OpenOffice.