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#1 Magic Sam

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 12:16 PM

I have a new Windows 7 PC* (not this one) with the latest MS Office (2013?) installed.  I don't like it, Outlook in particular.  Of all the previous versions I have yet to find one that is as adequate as the Office 2003 on this computer.

 

Is it possible to somehow obtain and install a previous MS Office even if 2003 is going rather too far back into the past?

 

I have been told that you can legally obtain now only 2013.  Also that previous versions are available on eBay - but either at a risk of being pirated copies, with or without a product key that might or might not work, or 2013 masquerading as 2007 or whatever.

 

Am I treading in dangerous if not uncharted waters?

 

* I think this is a 64-bit PC which some sources tell me affects compatibility, others disagree ..



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Posted 25 January 2015 - 01:01 PM

I'm curious what is is that you don't like about the 2013 version of Office and inperticular Outlook?

 

I'm sure that you can probably get your hands on an older version of MS Office, but the key thing to remember here is that older versions such as the one you are interested in are NO LONGER SUPPORTED by Microsoft. This means that any vunlarabilities that may exist could be used to explot your system. Just a heads up if you were not aware of that. Do be very careful about purchasing software on eBay and places like that as you pointed out they could be pirated or have invalide product keys I'm not sure about the legality of that as well.

 

You can run a 32 bit program on a 64 bit system, but canniot run a 64 bit program on a 32 bit system. .


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Posted 25 January 2015 - 01:32 PM

Thanks for confirming more or less what I suspected to be the case. Probably a no-no.

 

It just seems to be the pattern with many ongoing programs that the originators have continually to add new "features" to justify each new v. 6, 7, 8 .. and in so doing they reduce the functionality of the basics.  I suspect that I am not alone in using only a tiny (and decreasing) proportion of what is contained in the new releases. Even allowing time for familiarity to get established it becomes less easy to achieve what was previously do-able almost without thought ("where is the ... icon now hidden on which one of the ribbons??").  The presentation clarity of the latest Outlook has been a particular victim if I compare it with Outlook Express with all the latter's weaknesses! Even Outlook 2007 was clearer and easier to navigate (IMHO).



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Posted 25 January 2015 - 03:29 PM

I'm sure that you can probably get your hands on an older version of MS Office, but the key thing to remember here is that older versions such as the one you are interested in are NO LONGER SUPPORTED by Microsoft. This means that any vunlarabilities that may exist could be used to explot your system. 

 

 

Could someone please give me details of which MS Office suites are "supported" until when?  I'm assuming that each one is phased out in chronological succession.



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Posted 25 January 2015 - 04:30 PM

See here for MS Office products lifecycles: http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifeselectoff

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 04:50 PM

Thanks.  I (think I) know where I stand now.



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Posted 25 January 2015 - 05:57 PM

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