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Jonnie de Boer
18-11-2009, 06:00 PM
is there still a way to purchase Office 2003?

OEM does not give downgrade rights if you purchase 2007...

So is the only way through sites like Trademe?

wainuitech
18-11-2009, 07:36 PM
Welcome to PF1. :)

Office 2003 has been discontinued by MS - so places like Trademe or maybe if you are real lucky some shop "may" have a odd copy still around. But it wont be to easy to find, OEM or Retail.

Agent_24
18-11-2009, 07:54 PM
Yeah 2nd hand is probably the best way to go (and it'll probably be cheaper!)

But you also might want to consider OpenOffice...

the_bogan
18-11-2009, 08:02 PM
But you also might want to consider OpenOffice...

I so want to make a comment along the lines of people about this, but I can't think of a coherent response.

It's kind of like an Xbox user being told they should try another platform...

Agent_24
18-11-2009, 08:18 PM
Well, Microsoft Office was the only thing I had until OpenOffice 3 came out. I doubt I will go back

the_bogan
18-11-2009, 08:23 PM
Don't use macros, or VBA?

Agent_24
18-11-2009, 08:27 PM
Never needed to, and probably won't. It's good for me as it is, and it's free.

Of course not everyone will find it works for them but as Jonnie doesn't seem to want 2007, I figured suggesting OpenOffice as an alternative to 2003 (they look almost the same) would be a good idea...

wainuitech
18-11-2009, 08:53 PM
There is another option as well, if you wanted a office program that works EXACTLY like office 2003, and looks very much the same then have a look at Ability office (http://www.ability.com/).

How MS have not done them for copy rights is a surprise Here's a screen shot of Ability Word And Excell (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/Ability.jpg). ( they call it write and spreadsheet - You can save the files as MS documents Example (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/Ability_1.jpg), and it costs a lot less than MS Office.

convair
18-11-2009, 09:12 PM
Why don't you try open office?
http://www.openoffice.org/

Sweep
18-11-2009, 10:56 PM
Open Office does not seem to have an equivalent to my MS Office Professional Plus for some reason which is why I won't be using Open Office.

Added to that I am doing a level 3 cert in computing and they supply course notes for Office 2003 and 2007. Nowhere do I see course notes for Open Office.

The original poster wanted Office 2003 so why suggest alternatives?

Chris09
18-11-2009, 10:56 PM
Or thinkfree.com - pretty much like MS word. Compatible and all.

I think Sweep, he was given the answer. It's discontinued, so the only way to get it would be through trade or torrent. LOL

GameJunkie
18-11-2009, 11:01 PM
heres one (http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Software/MS-Office/auction-254296444.htm)

Agent_24
19-11-2009, 12:18 AM
The original poster wanted Office 2003 so why suggest alternatives?

He also didn't want Office 2007, which is why I suggested OpenOffice. If he loved Office so much, you'd think he'd like the idea of Office 2007...

Sweep
19-11-2009, 12:33 AM
He also didn't want Office 2007, which is why I suggested OpenOffice. If he loved Office so much, you'd think he'd like the idea of Office 2007...

Well you might think he would want 2007 but that was obviously not the case for whatever reason. He may want compatibility without having to [save as] in an older format or there may be other reasons which we are not privy to. He may have wanted a version of Office which includes Outlook which, of course, Open Office does not include an equivalent thereof. I have no idea WHY he wanted 2003 but that is what was asked for so hence my rant.

Agent_24
19-11-2009, 01:04 AM
I have no idea WHY he wanted 2003 but that is what was asked for so hence my rant.

Fair enough, but as you quite rightly pointed out, we do not know why he wanted Office 2003. As such OpenOffice or other alternatives might be perfectly suitable.

Anyway, why not suggest alternatives? There is no reason not to, unless he explicitly stated he needed an Office-specific feature, which he didn't.

If nobody had any suggestions we'd probably all still be using DOS, or worse.

TeejayR
19-11-2009, 05:49 AM
heres one (http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Software/MS-Office/auction-254296444.htm)

Do you get the impression from this that they are in fact selling the remaining 2 licenses - I thought that all 3 licenses had to be use in the same household ?

Jonnie de Boer
19-11-2009, 09:17 AM
Woah!
Just asking because some people do not like the 07 interface/ribbon and like it how it used to be :)

I am aware of OpenOffice, as well as that add-on to modify the 07 robbin (even though its still not like the original interface)

Just mainly checking if 03 was still available to purchase other than via an Open license from MS

Cheers for all your replies tho guys, looks like I will be getting through Trademe :)

Yorick
19-11-2009, 09:19 AM
....I have no idea WHY he wanted 2003 but that is what was asked for so hence my rant.

So I guess if you can have a rant then so can I! ;)

As you noted, you had no idea why he wanted Office 2003 as opposed to 2007. A couple of reasons spring to mind
1) The office suite he has can't open a file he has received... Well he is better to get OOo because OOo handles far more file types than MS Office of any version
2) He wants 03 because he figures it will not be as exorbitantly priced as 07... well OOo has that beat all hollow, it is after all free.
3) He wanted 2003 because he had heard lots of MS marketing hype but he didn't know that OOo existed..... Well a suggestion that there is an alternative is fair enough.

It should also be pointed out that not all versions of MSO 2003 have Outlook and neither is outlook exclusive to 03, but in any case if he wanted outlook surely he would have asked for Outlook and besides which, even if he did, an OOo/Thunderbird/lightning combo would be a reasonable alternative suggestion.

It can't be assumed that everyone knows about OOo as an alternative and in fact it is probably safer to assume the opposite so it would seem to me to be irresponsible NOT to provide someone with that information. The same as others have done suggesting Ability Office and Think free. To that list I would add IBM's Symphony Suite which is a free download as well and there is also Softmaker Office 2008, not free but cheaper than MSO and you can download the previous version for free, legally.

Agent_24
19-11-2009, 09:54 AM
Woah!
Just asking because some people do not like the 07 interface/ribbon and like it how it used to be :)

Me too... one of the reasons I wanted to get something else

wainuitech
19-11-2009, 11:43 AM
Woah!
Just asking because some people do not like the 07 interface/ribbon and like it how it used to be :)
Well people can have the best of both worlds, the features of office 2007, and menus of 2003, there are plugins that make Office 2007 look and work like Office 2003 - two come to mind, ones free, but only does Excel, Word, and Powerpoint, and the other paid one will do Word, Excel, Access, Outlook and PowerPoint 2007.

Heres what I mean - The free and paid one, both add a new Menu Button As shown Here (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/New_Button.PNG) after clicking it Office 2003 menus (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/Menu.PNG).

The plugins are Ubitmenu (http://www.ubit.ch/software/ubitmenu-languages/) - Free and Addintools (http://www.addintools.com/) - Paid.

Sweep
19-11-2009, 11:58 AM
So I guess if you can have a rant then so can I! ;)



Yep. I have seen your previous rants anyway as per this thread:-
http://pressf1.co.nz/showthread.php?t=103949

wainuitech
19-11-2009, 12:02 PM
Add to post 20, the Classic Menu (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/Menu2.PNG) for office 2007 to 2003 Via the paid plugin. It looks more like 2003 because its paid, but old story, get what you pay for, but the free one does a good job as well.

Barnabas
19-11-2009, 04:07 PM
I may have a copy kicking around at home that I could sell you, all original and genuine MS non OEM product. PM me if interested.

Happy Harry
19-11-2009, 05:01 PM
is there still a way to purchase Office 2003?

OEM does not give downgrade rights if you purchase 2007...

So is the only way through sites like Trademe?

Your thread prompted me to have a look in the stock pile.
I have 3x unopened MS Office 2003 Small Bus OEM, , that I got for a customer.
He wanted 10 but in the end only took 7 as he decided he could save himself some money and left me holding the remainder. I had forgotten them and will probably put them on Trademe to recupe the cost of them.
PM me if interested