Microsoft reminds us Office 2003 support ends with Windows XP April 8th

While Microsoft has, understandably, reminded the general public for years that its support and updates for Windows XP will end on April 8th, there is another software product that will soon stop getting patches after that deadline is reached: Office 2003.

Today, Microsoft has a new post on its Office blog, along with a humorous infographic (shown below) that shows how much the computing world in general has changed in the past decade since the launch of Office 2003 in August 2003. While the software had a number of interesting features, including the first version of OneNote and the final version of "Clippy", Microsoft now says that individuals and businesses who are still using the software now need to move on. 

Naturally, the company would prefer users switch to their Office 365 subscription service. The blog states, ".... you’ll never have to worry about outdated software, security installs, or purchasing a CD with an installation code again – Office 365 is always up-to-date, equipped with built in security and available to purchase online."

Unlike Windows XP use, which can be estimated by tracking how many websites are still accessed with the OS, there's no concrete numbers on just how many Office 2003 clients are still being used worldwide.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

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JHBrown said,
I prefer Office 2003 over 2013. However, 2007 & 2010 are my suites of choice.

Can you embed videos in Word 2013? Of course not...

aleb said,

Can you embed videos in Word 2013? Of course not...

So? You're making a Word document, not a PowerPoint presentation. Just because you can do something doesn't mean it's a good idea.

Until Microsoft gets rid of the ribbon and puts the menu back in both Windows and Office expect people not to upgrade.

I know many who switched to Libraoffice as a result

sinetheo said,
Until Microsoft gets rid of the ribbon and puts the menu back in both Windows and Office expect people not to upgrade.

I know many who switched to Libraoffice as a result

The 90's called, it wants it's UX back.

sinetheo said,
Until Microsoft gets rid of the ribbon and puts the menu back in both Windows and Office expect people not to upgrade.

I know many who switched to Libraoffice as a result

Microsoft might have not got 8 right with Metro, but one thing they did do right was the ribbon in Office.

I haven't seen this complaint in a while. I didn't know there were people who are STILL sticking to the multiple nested menu mess.

I always had a love/hate relationship with Office 2003.

Sinofsky screwed up and removed a lot of features from Office 2003, especially TabletPC specific features that crippled it. Ironically, 10 years later, Microsoft is in the process of adding back in many of the same features Sinofsky fought to remove.

OneNote was the only outlier of the release that was impressive, and again ironically Sinofsky didn't care about OneNote.

mrp04 said,
Which TabletPC features did 2003 have that aren't present in newer versions?

They were removed in 2003.

One example: OfficeXP had direct Stylus/Pen input features, so you could literally write a letter in Word, and then use wordprocessing features to change and rearrange your handwriting without converting it to text. Word would still 'read' the ink, and show spelling mistakes and grammar errors as well. There was a lot of these feature that were removed between OfficeXP to Office 2003. Equation features and direct input in excel as well.

timster said,
$3800 for a new laptop in 2003? I know many people that had laptops 11 years ago and none of them were over $1500

There are people today with $3800 laptops, although you might not know anyone with one today either.

The good thing about this version of office is, i have it on CD and don't have to a pay monthly fee to use it. I can install it and do what i need then remove it again.

TrekRich said,
The good thing about this version of office is, i have it on CD and don't have to a pay monthly fee to use it. I can install it and do what i need then remove it again.

Office 2003 doesn't support modern Office file formats.

Dot Matrix said,

Office 2003 doesn't support modern Office file formats.

They put out a compatibility pack which adds support for new Office formats for Office 2003, XP and 2000.

TrekRich said,
The good thing about this version of office is, i have it on CD and don't have to a pay monthly fee to use it. I can install it and do what i need then remove it again.

Yeah, Office 2013 is great, ain't it? On a CD, no monthly fees, etc. It's sweet!

TrekRich said,
The good thing about this version of office is, i have it on CD and don't have to a pay monthly fee to use it. I can install it and do what i need then remove it again.

Just like Office 2013.

TrekRich said,
The good thing about this version of office is, i have it on CD and don't have to a pay monthly fee to use it. I can install it and do what i need then remove it again.

You do realize that you now sound like an old man telling kids to get off his lawn, right? /jk

lol i am! i remember installing Office from floppy disks. Yes you youngsters floppy disks, you have prob on seen them in a museum!

TrekRich said,
lol i am! i remember installing Office from floppy disks. Yes you youngsters floppy disks, you have prob on seen them in a museum!

You're not alone. I still have a boxed copy of Microsoft Office in a 20cm cube box that contained all the floppy disks and printed manuals. It even includes Microsoft Access 2.0 (Or 1.0, can't remember which, but it was given special prominence on a red badge).

Lord Method Man said,

Just like Office 2013.


Although Office 2003 license allowed for installation on two, or three depending by the package, installation and had an Upgrade edition too. Obviously a company, any company, would rather rent than sell you a software license because it means a continue source of revenues.

I remember when Office 2003 first came out and it had colorful toolbars with pretty icons. I thought that was the greatest thing ever.