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Up-grade from Office 2003 to Office 2010 or Office 2013

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#1 Beaumonts


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Posted 15 July 2014 - 09:00 AM

We are wanting to up-grade our current Office suite Office 2003 to either Office 2010 or Office 2013.  Our PC's are running Windows 7


I would just like to know what peoples opinions and advice is on this?

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#2 wpgwpg


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Posted 15 July 2014 - 09:42 AM

 I can't speak to Office 2013, but I've done numerous upgrades to Office through 2010.  When you install the new version, you have the option to keep the old version or just replace it.  Starting with Office 2007 the familiar menu bar has been replaced with the ribbons which take a lot of getting used to for folks used to older versions.  There's a little program called UbitMenu that will add most of the menu bar functions back in the 2007 and 2010 versions that a lot of folks find helpful.  If you do opt to have two different versions installed at the same time, what happens is that when you switch from one to the other, it goes through a juggling act that takes a minute or so.  It's a bit of a pain, but if you need it, it could be a convenience.


Good luck.

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#3 sflatechguy


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Posted 16 July 2014 - 12:00 AM

Either version is good. The Metro interface on Office 2013 can take a little getting used to. People complain about the ribbon bars, but after a while you figure them out. I actually prefer them to the old menu bar now.


You don't want to keep both verions of Outlook installed. In cases where users have somehow managed to install them side by side, I've seen it lead to conflicts and issues with damaged profiles and incorrect settings. http://superuser.com/questions/349834/installing-multiple-versions-of-ms-outlook


These support articles apply to Office, but scroll down to the heading "Multiple versions of Outlook". Microsoft basically states you can't have multiple versions installed:



Edited by sflatechguy, 16 July 2014 - 12:00 AM.

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