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    Lack of MS Support for PowerPoint 97 (PowerPoint 97)

    I am just livid -- and I hope Woody is also. The most recent details a vulnerability in both Excel and Powerpoint. This vulnerability has been shown to effect both <A target="_blank" HREF=http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/security/Content/2001.10.04.html>Excel 97 and PowerPoint 97 -- however, Microsoft has decided against making a patch for these products claiming that they at not supported!!

    May it is just because I have not had enough coffee yet, but could someone else look at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.microsoft.com/directory/discontinue.asp>this list</A> from Microsoft and tell me WHERE it says it is discontinuing support for Office 97, Word 97, Excel 97, PowerPoint 97, or Outlook97/98??

    What this list does show is the dates that support ends for these products:

    Office 95 - December 31, 2001
    Word 95 for Windows - December 1, 2001
    Excel 5 - November 1, 2000
    PowerPoint 4x - November 1, 2000
    Access 95 - December 1, 2001
    Windows 95 - December 31, 2001

    Maybe I am just out of my skull, but if support for Word 95 for Windows and Office 95 ends in December 2001, why are we being denied updates for Office 97 in October 2001??

    This is crazy. I really do not understand this. They are SUPPOSED to still be supporting Office 97. Where is Woody Leonard on this issue? Someone please explain this logic to me?

    (Duplicate post in Excel forum -- Moderators, feel free delete one if this is inappropriate. I am just floored by the audacity of MS to believe it can stop supporting vulnerabilities in its programs like this.)

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    Re: Lack of MS Support for PowerPoint 97 (PowerPoint 97)

    Either Microsoft have changed their "discontinued" page since you posted or you missed it.

    Hotfix support for Office 97 ended July 31, 2001 unless you pay for "extended" support which runs to February 28, 2002. You have until October 31, 2001 to sign up.

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    Re: Lack of MS Support for PowerPoint 97 (PowerPoint 97)

    AH!! They certainly did!! They added that Hot-Fix table up top. You will notice in the bottom table -- the "Product Support Discontinuance " table -- they neglect to mention Office 97 or any of its components.

    THANK YOU for the follow-up.

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