Last month we wrote about the End of Life for Windows XP, which was the end of technical support from Microsoft for the Windows XP operating system. At the same time, though, Microsoft also ended support for Microsoft Office 2003 which includes Word 2003.
Many business have continued to use both Windows XP and even more common, they have continued to use Office 2003 and Word 2003. A word processing program without support may not seem like a big deal, but continuing to use Word 2003 could open your computer to security breaches that might compromise your business from your own business personal information to client information. Should client information be breached for certain businesses, this may mean violating HIPAA, which is very serious.
Plus, Office 2003 just doesn’t compare to Office 2007/10/13. It is lacking many features that the newer versions of Office offer. For example, in Word 2003, features such as comparing documents and tracking changes were so bad that many businesses ultimately found it necessary to buy third-party programs to handle those functions.
The features that were lacking completely were added in Word 2007 and following versions. Many other extremely useful new features were added as well. Plus the Office interface was much improved. Needless to say, it’s time to move on to Office/Word 2007, 2010, or 2013.
If you have not yet made the move from Word 2003 to Word 2007, Word 2010 or Word 2013, you may need some guidance. At Visual Edge IT, our Houston IT Support service experts are here to help. Give us a call today!