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Good product but not without its problems
on 8 December 2009
Microsoft's Office 2003 is a very good product and cosmetically at least is an improvement over Office 2000. However there are a couple of annoyances... for instance if you have SP3 installed and you need to work with old Powerpoint, Word, Excel or Coreldraw files you'll find yourself blocked from opening them for "security reasons" - there are fixes available on Microsoft's website to re-enable access though, as well as other fixes to block access again - all involve tweaking of the registry but it's all done for you by running the fix.
Another annoyance in Word is that after using it for a while you may find that the page formatting goes awry, especially if you have changed the default side margins from 1.25" to 1", with the cursor moving to the very top of the page. The quick fix is to view the headers and footers then close them again - the cursor will then be in the proper place. A more permanent fix is to run the program repair option - you will need the original disc/s though - which will keep it from happening again for a while at least!
Backwards compatability with Powerpoint 2000n files is also not ideal and you may well find some of your slide animations being out of sequence or not working at all. Still, the absence of that pesky paperclip thingy makes up for all of it!
I just don't like Office 2007 - I have just never taken to the ribbon toolbar - so I'm likely to stick with Office 2003 for a while yet, warts and all. All in all though, a good buy.