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    Microsoft Office in Win 8 Pro

    Which versions if any of Microsoft Office will work in Win 8 Pro?
    Compatibility wizard says Office 2003 not compatible.
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    I have run 2010 and now 2013. I would guess 2007 should work too, but I haven't tried it.

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    I have heard of many people using Office 2003, at least with the beta editions. I am certain of 2007 and 2010. I have installed 2010 on my Win 8 Pro.

    If 2003 works with the beta versions it should work with Win 8 Pro. See this thread for further info.
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    Looking at the Windows Compatibilty Centre suggests that it isn't compatible unfortunately.

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    Thanks for the replies. If its true that win 8 won't be compatible with Office 2003 then that's me out of the running as I am not paying for another version of Office that I don't want. I tried 2007 trial version when it came out did not like the ribbon feature at all plus other things and reverted back to 2003 which in my opinion is still the best version out there.
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    I can confirm Office 2007 works in Windows 8. Did have to change Windows Update to pick up Office Updates though. Don't recall having to do that with Windows 7.

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    Clive,

    I just loaded Office 2003 Pro into Win 8 and everything I've tried so far works just fine.
    Word, Excel, Access. I haven't tried Publisher or Outlook yet but will report back later.

    Note: I've loaded 64 Bit Win 8 Pro on an older PC w/o the Secure Boot feature.

    Update: Outlook and PowerPoint also work fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Clive,

    I just loaded Office 2003 Pro into Win 8 and everything I've tried so far works just fine.
    Word, Excel, Access. I haven't tried Publisher or Outlook yet but will report back later.

    Note: I've loaded 64 Bit Win 8 Pro on an older PC w/o the Secure Boot feature.

    Update: Outlook and PowerPoint also work fine.
    I've only tried the last release in a VHD but Office97, minus Outlook, installed easier and is at least as functional as on Win7 64 bit. All my Access 97 databases work fine as does Excell and Word for what I've used in testing over the last few months.

    I wanted to download an .iso of released Pro 64 and buy additional licenses but MS said nope, not yet. So I'll wait and hold off until Win7 has bitten the dust for my Desktops.

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    See Office compatibility with Windows 8 from Office-watch.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curiousclive View Post
    Thanks for the replies. If its true that win 8 won't be compatible with Office 2003 then that's me out of the running as I am not paying for another version of Office that I don't want. I tried 2007 trial version when it came out did not like the ribbon feature at all plus other things and reverted back to 2003 which in my opinion is still the best version out there.
    I've installed Office XP (at least, the Word 2002 component) on my Windows 8 Pro system at the office, and am using it with no ill effects. I did get the "Can't find Visual Fox Pro" message during the installation. I clicked Ignore, and it installed and is working just fine. It works well enough that our dental practice management software that requires MS Word for its "SmartDocs" document filing system works as advertised. SmartDocs *requires* MS Word to work with MS Word files. It won't work with LibreOffice, Open Office, or any of the other MS-compatible products.
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    People are going to be (pleasantly) surprised what & how much works on 8 w/out snags or issues. @ least, I feel we may see this.

    I'm honestly seeing and hearing a lot more excited, positive, enthusiastic comments & editorials since Oct. 24th and since more & more folks are actually getting their hands on Win8 GA then we might have ever expected after or from some of what we were reading & hearing before its release.

    Wow, long sentence, eh? LOL

    Any version of Office should be fine although, I wouldn't bank on 2k or earlier, lol.

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    Win 8 Pro adds feature to Office 2003 Pro Outlook

    Hey Y'all,

    Here's a good one. Even though MS says that Office 2003 Pro SP-3 is incompatible with Win 8 Pro it not only works just fine on my machine but I can now resize Outlook Email text with the Ctrl+Scroll Wheel feature. This does NOT work in Win 7 HP!

    One possible problem I'm still researching is that, currently, it seems that Win 8 will NOT accept personal code signing certificates generated in Win 7 for signing projects in Office 2003 on Win 8 Pro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew1903 View Post
    People are going to be (pleasantly) surprised what & how much works on 8 w/out snags or issues. @ least, I feel we may see this.

    I'm honestly seeing a lot more excited, positive, enthusiastic comments & editorials since Oct. 24th and since more & more folks are actually getting their hands on Win8 GA then we might have ever expected after or from some of what we were reading & hearing before its release.

    Wow, long sentence, eh? LOL

    Any version of Office should be fine although, I wouldn't bank on 2k or earlier, lol.

    Cheers,
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    I'm actually considering grabbing the $39.99 upgrade deal for Windows 8 Pro for my personal systems (I've got two laptops, both of which have run Windows 7 at one point.) My main laptop is a Dell Inspiron that's running Vista Home Premium, and the Acer laptop is an older system (2006 era) that's running Windows XP Media Center 2005. Upgrading both systems to Windows 8 Pro would be cheaper than grabbing the Windows 7 Home Premium Family pack that's on clearance in some places.

    I'm actually surprised I'm considering an upgrade to Windows 8. I wasn't that impressed with the preview versions. But, working with it at the office, and reading the Windows Secrets newsletter's issue yesterday on Windows 8 has changed my outlook on it. I want to be running an OS that will be supported for a while yet. Both XP and Vista are soon to be end of life.

    However, If it weren't for the fact that I've got some software that doesn't run well under Linux's Wine Project package (Office 2003), I'd seriously consider throwing Ubuntu or Linux Mint at these two systems. But, I'm also the family "tech support department", and the rest of the family is running some flavor of Windows for the most part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carroll.ray View Post
    I'm actually considering grabbing the $39.99 upgrade deal for Windows 8 Pro for my personal systems (I've got two laptops, both of which have run Windows 7 at one point.) My main laptop is a Dell Inspiron that's running Vista Home Premium, and the Acer laptop is an older system (2006 era) that's running Windows XP Media Center 2005. Upgrading both systems to Windows 8 Pro would be cheaper than grabbing the Windows 7 Home Premium Family pack that's on clearance in some places.

    I'm actually surprised I'm considering an upgrade to Windows 8. I wasn't that impressed with the preview versions. But, working with it at the office, and reading the Windows Secrets newsletter's issue yesterday on Windows 8 has changed my outlook on it. I want to be running an OS that will be supported for a while yet. Both XP and Vista are soon to be end of life.

    However, If it weren't for the fact that I've got some software that doesn't run well under Linux's Wine Project package (Office 2003), I'd seriously consider throwing Ubuntu or Linux Mint at these two systems. But, I'm also the family "tech support department", and the rest of the family is running some flavor of Windows for the most part.
    Probably it's better run the pre-assessment tool on the 2006 system, just to make sure the CPU complies with the requirements for Windows 8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruirib View Post
    Probably it's better run the pre-assessment tool on the 2006 system, just to make sure the CPU complies with the requirements for Windows 8.
    Oh, I'll definitely run the upgrade assistant. I don't expect any problems. It ran Windows 7, and actually ran the preview version of Windows 8. Has a dual core AMD Turion 64-bit processor, and 3GB of ram. Has a 160GB hard drive in it. I was planning to run the assessment, but I don't anticipate any problems. I know I'll be doing a wipe and install of Windows 8 on it, as it's now running XP Media Center. It's a backup/secondary system, so open source and freeware software will do just fine for it.
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