Sunday, April 5, 2009
Microsoft Corp. has announced that it will drop mainstream support for Office 2003 on April 14, the same day it starts to retire Windows XP. Office 2003, which was last updated in September 2007 with Service Pack 3 (SP3), will leave mainstream support in less than two weeks, and enter extended support. According to Microsoft's standard policies, mainstream support delivers free fixes -- for security patches and other bug fixes -- to everyone. During extended support, however, nonsecurity hot fixes are provided only to companies that have signed support contracts with Microsoft.Office 2003's extended support ends April 8, 2014.