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    Office 2003 and Office 2007


    by ericsaddress ·

    One of our departments is looking to upgrade from Office 2003 to Office 2007 moreso to take better advantage of the upcoming move to Exchange 2007 and Sharepoint 2007. One of the suggestions was to install Office 2007 in addition to Office 2003 so that users can get a “feel” of the changes in 2007. Personally, I am not to fond of the idea, but others think it is a great idea. I did find some information about doing it on Microsoft’s knowledge base and they recommended against doing it.

    I just wanted to get a feel of how others would handle this issue.


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    • #2508717

      Don’t upgrade unless you need something in the new version.

      by stress junkie ·

      In reply to Office 2003 and Office 2007

      Why waste all that money? Most people don’t use all of the fancy features in the current version of any office document software suite. If your employer has the policy of upgrading to the latest version of software just because it is available then you are wasting tons of money. Wouldn’t you rather see that money disbursed as profit sharing bonuses to employees? I certainly would.

    • #2503667

      Virtual machine?

      by gojints ·

      In reply to Office 2003 and Office 2007

      If you have the ability to put one of the versions on a virtual machine that people can try out, do that. We’ve upgraded to Office 2007 and I like it. However, while we’re moving our templates to the new version, I use Office 2003 on a virtual machine to do some of my work. It’s a pain sometimes, but it also helps me with explaining the differences to clients.

      • #2503628


        by ericsaddress ·

        In reply to Virtual machine?

        That is actually a good idea especially since virtual pc is free now. Thanks!

      • #2623822

        Access 2007 runtimes on virtual pc

        by anaofelia ·

        In reply to Virtual machine?

        Have you tried installing access 2007 “runtimes” only on a virtual pc 2007? I’ve spent a few hours & still cannot get my database to load – error 2950 keeps coming up because I am running vba code via a macro. microsoft’s suggestion for fixing this error is not doing it !


    • #2508190

      using them together

      by brian.crawford ·

      In reply to Office 2003 and Office 2007

      I beleive this is the 1st time Office versions can easly co-exist (don’t need virtual PC). I have had both on my desktop for months now and quite like the ability to learn the new product at my pace. I mostly use Excel & PPT and if I need rapid development I use 2003 or if I’ve got more time use 2007. There are some very nice new features in 2007 (especially Excel & PPT)that I’m taking advantage of when needed.
      We have about 7,000 desktops to upgrade and are seriously considering running both versions to ease customer training (our agreement with MS also allows any mix of versions at no incremental cost).
      It’s been a real plus running both.

    • #2508185

      using together …more…

      by brian.crawford ·

      In reply to Office 2003 and Office 2007

      Another comment; the learning curve between 03 & 07 is significant so letting the users gradually do this is one of our prime drivers for potentially have both available on the desktop. It will be a time limited facilitation though.

    • #2495403

      Office 2003 and Office 2007, from a Microsoft Forum

      by kohl ·

      In reply to Office 2003 and Office 2007

      Getting both Office 2003 and 2007 on one machine seems to be fairly straight forward. See
      and Search For “kxxxk” In “Office General Questions”.

    • #2616187

      Forcing Documents to Open in 2003

      by mwb78 ·

      In reply to Office 2003 and Office 2007

      I am a software trainer and our technician was able to install Office 2007 on my machine in addition to 2003. They seem to be working fine side by side.
      I have a question, though. Whenever I open a file from Windows Explorer (or Recent Documents, etc.), my Office documents want to open using 2007. Can I force them to use 2003 without using Open With or deliberately opening the 2003 application first?

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