I fully agree and to this end M$ themselves has broken their Office Application with the introduction of 2007.
Just how many copies of earlier Office could read the files sent to them natively? Exactly none when sent in their Native File Formats. I've lost count of the complaints that I have received about new versions of Office failing to properly open/read files from older versions. That started from the second version of office and has continued to this day. Though admit telly no where near as bad as the step from 2003 to 2007 Office has always had Formatting Issues with earlier versions.
What you are complaining quite rightly about is a perfect example of why M$ Office is so unsuitable for Business and should be dumped ASAP.
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