Problems with Office 2003 and 2010 together plus new email
I have been operating with Windows 7 Home Premium. I have been using Office 2003. For my email client, I have been using Barca Mail. Although I really like Barca Mail, it has certain limitations that are becoming more and more obvious as it is now essentially abandoned and has not been developed for many years. I have about 6 different email accounts. I also use Dragon a lot for dictation as I have arthritis in my hands.
I thought long and hard about getting Office 365. But I just didnít want to rent Office. Iíve heard good things about Office 2010, and it will continue to be supported for a good many more years, whereas support for office 2003 is ending in a few months.
The plan was to purchase a copy of Office 2010. I got a legitimate copy from Amazon. It was a big investment. I figured I would install it alongside office 2003, and continue to use 2003 while using 2010 so as to get adjusted to that new blankety-blank ribbon. This doesnít seem to be working out very well. If I try to use anything in office 2003, it seems to corrupt the doc files, and then Word 2010 chokes up when I try to open a file.
I was able to get one of my accounts on Microsoft Outlook, and I think Iíll be able to slowly migrate stuff over there. But now Iím really stuck with the Microsoft Office suite. I donít know if I I should uninstall 2003.
Another weird thing that Iíve noticed is that the gadget clock that I have is acting strangely. Itís the only gadget that I have, and I figured not much harm could come from having that one gadget. Maybe Iím wrong and should just follow Microsoftís advice and disabled the whole sidebar. I also have some quick launch toolbars on the bottom of my window screen, and when I booted up this morning, they had disappeared and I had to reinstall them.
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Although I have been receiving the newsletter (paid version) for a good many years now, I only now have registered for the forum and this is my 1st for a message.