Microsoft Office 2003

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Microsoft Office 2003
Office2003Logo.png
Office2003 screenshot.PNG
Clockwise from top-right: Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, Excel, on Windows XP.
Developer(s)Microsoft
Initial releaseAugust 19, 2003; 10 years ago (2003-08-19)
Stable releasev11.0.8173.0[1] / September 18, 2007; 6 years ago (2007-09-18)
Operating system
PlatformMicrosoft Windows
TypeOffice suite
LicenseProprietary EULA
WebsiteMicrosoft Office Online Home Page
 
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Microsoft Office 2003
Office2003Logo.png
Office2003 screenshot.PNG
Clockwise from top-right: Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, Excel, on Windows XP.
Developer(s)Microsoft
Initial releaseAugust 19, 2003; 10 years ago (2003-08-19)
Stable releasev11.0.8173.0[1] / September 18, 2007; 6 years ago (2007-09-18)
Operating system
PlatformMicrosoft Windows
TypeOffice suite
LicenseProprietary EULA
WebsiteMicrosoft Office Online Home Page

Microsoft Office 2003 is an office suite written and distributed by Microsoft for their Windows operating system. Released to manufacturing on August 19, 2003[2] and launched on October 21, 2003,[3] it was the successor to Office XP and the predecessor to Office 2007. It is the first version to officially work on Windows 7.

A new Office logo was debuted as part of a rebranding effort by Microsoft,[4] as well as two new applications: InfoPath and OneNote. OneNote is a note-taking and organizing application for text, handwritten notes or diagrams, recorded audio and graphics, and InfoPath is an application for designing, distributing, filling and submitting electronic forms containing structured data. Office 2003 was the first version to use Windows XP style icons, visual styles and colors.

Office 2003 runs only on NT-based versions of Windows; it is not supported on Windows 98, Windows Me, or Windows NT 4.0. It is the last version of Office compatible with Windows 2000, as Office 2007 requires Windows XP or Vista. It is listed as being "Not Compatible" with Windows 8 by the Microsoft Windows 8 Compatibility Center, although some users have claimed it is compatible.[5]

Service Pack 1 for Office 2003 was released on July 27, 2004, Service Pack 2 was released on September 27, 2005, and Service Pack 3 was released on September 17, 2007. The last cumulative update for Office 2003, Service Pack 3 resolved several compatibility and stability issues with Windows Vista and later operating systems. Mainstream support for Office 2003 ended April 14, 2009, and extended support April 8, 2014.[6]

New features[edit]

The core applications, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access, had only minor improvements from Office XP. Outlook 2003 received improved functionality in many areas, including better email and calendar sharing and information display, complete Unicode support, search folders, colored flags, Kerberos authentication, RPC over HTTP, and Cached Exchange mode. Another key benefit of Outlook 2003 was the improved junk mail filter. Tablet and pen support was introduced in the productivity applications. Word 2003 introduced a reading layout view, document comparison, better change-tracking and annotation/reviewing, a Research Task Pane, voice comments and an XML-based format among other features. Excel 2003 introduced list commands, some statistical functions and XML data import, analysis and transformation/document customization features. Access 2003 introduced a backup command, the ability to view object dependencies, error checking in forms and reports among other features.

Office 2003 features improvements to smart tags such as smart tag Lists, which are defined in XML, by using regular expressions and an extended type library.[7] Smart tag recognition was added to PowerPoint and Access. FrontPage 2003 introduced conditional formatting, Find and Replace for HTML elements, new tools for creating and formatting tables and cells, dynamic templates (Dreamweaver), Flash support, WebDAV and SharePoint publishing among other features. Publisher 2003 introduced a Generic Color PostScript printer driver for commercial printing.[8] Information Rights Management capabilities were introduced in document productivity applications to limit access to a set of users and/or restrict types of actions that users could perform. Support for managed code add-ins as VSTO solutions was introduced.

Office 2003 was the last version of Microsoft Office to include fully customizable toolbars and menus for all of its applications, the Office Assistant, the ability to slipstream service packs into the original setup files, Office Web Components, and the Save My Settings Wizard, which allowed users to choose whether to keep a locally cached copy of installation source files and several utility resource kit tools. It was also the last Office version to support Windows 2000. A new picture organizer with basic editing features, called Microsoft Office Picture Manager, was included.

Only basic clipart and templates were included on the disc media, with most content hosted online and downloadable from within the Office application. Microsoft advertised Office Online as a major Office 2003 feature "outside the box".[9] Office Online provides how-to articles, tips, training courses, templates, clip art, stock photos and media and downloads (including Microsoft and third-party extensibility add-ins for Microsoft Office programs).

Office 2003 features broad XML integration (designing customized XML schemas, importing and transforming XML data) throughout resulting in a far more data-centric model (instead of a document-based one). The MSXML 5 library was introduced specifically for Office's XML integration. Office 2003 also has SharePoint integration to facilitate data exchange, collaborated workflow, and publishing. InfoPath 2003 was introduced for collecting data in XML-based forms and templates based on information from databases.

Removed features[edit]

Applications[edit]

Editions[edit]

ApplicationOffice
Basic *
Student and
Teacher Edition **
StandardSmall BusinessProfessional Edition
WordYesYesYesYesYes
ExcelYesYesYesYesYes
OutlookYesYesYesYes
with Business Contact Manager[14]
Yes
with Business Contact Manager[14]
PowerPointNoYesYesYesYes
PublisherNoNoNoYesYes
AccessNoNoNoNoYes
InfoPathNoNoNoNoVolume edition only
OneNoteNoNoNoNoNo
FrontPageNoNoNoNoNo
VisioNoNoNoNoNo
ProjectNoNoNoNoNo

Notes:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How to check the version of Office 2003 products". Microsoft. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Core Microsoft Office System Products Are Complete, Released to Manufacturers". Microsoft.com. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Steve Ballmer Speech Transcript - Microsoft Office System Launch". Microsoft.com. 2003-10-21. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  4. ^ Wilcox, Joe (March 9, 2003). "Microsoft rebrands Office for enterprises". CNET. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Microsoft Office 2003 Professional". Windows 8 Compatibility Center. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Microsoft Support Lifecycle". Microsoft. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ Jurden, Dan (January 8, 2004). "Using Smart Tags in Office 2003". DevX. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Install the Generic Color PS for Commercial Printing printer driver". Microsoft. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  9. ^ "The newest feature of Office isn't in the box-it's on the Web - Help and How-to - Microsoft Office Online". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h "Differences between Office XP and Office 2003". Technet.microsoft.com. 2007-08-13. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  11. ^ Microsoft Knowledgebase http://support.microsoft.com/kb/827740
  12. ^ "Deprecating WinHelp". Assistance Platform Team Blog. May 20, 2005. Archived from the original on June 16, 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Office Shortcut Bar is not included in Office". Support.microsoft.com. 2007-05-07. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  14. ^ a b "Install Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2003". Microsoft. Retrieved December 13, 2012.