With all the hubbub surrounding XP’s impending day of doom, the fact that support for Microsoft Office 2003 ends on the exact same date seems to have been pushed well into the background.
Yes folks, as of April 8th there will be no more security updates forthcoming for Office 2003, which means no further patches to close as yet undiscovered vulnerabilities. As a none too gentle reminder, Microsoft recently put up a new post on its Office blog including an interesting infograph which shows just how much the computing world has changed in general over the past decade, since the launch of Office 2003.
While the 2003 software had a number of interesting features, including the first version of OneNote and the final version of Clippy, Microsoft is saying that individuals and businesses who are still using the software now need to move on – Microsoft is, of course, pushing its latest Office 365:
Office 2003 no longer meets the needs of the way we work, play and live today. For this reason, it is time to say farewell to Office 2003 and embrace the productivity solution of today – Office 365.
You’ll never have to worry about outdated software, security installs, or purchasing a CD with an installation code again – Office 365 is always up-to-date, equipped with built in security and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 (no CD required!)
I am not generally a fan of infographics but I thought this one was pretty neat: