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    Word 2003 versus 2002/XP (2003 versus 2002/XP)

    Does anyone have a set major differences between these two releases? Is there a compelling reason (or a few reasons) to get 2003 if one is already happily running with 2002/XP? It seems to me from what I've been able to find that the major difference is that 2003 provides XML file formatting and some enhancements to mark-up features. Anything else worth mentioning???

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    Re: Word 2003 versus 2002/XP (2003 versus 2002/XP)

    If Word 2002 provides the functionality you need, and 3rd party addins/macros are happy, then there's no reason to get Word 2003, unless you are doing lots of macro stuff and might want to use features in Word 2003 not in Word 2002.

    My feared, or should that be fearless, forecat is that the next version of Office (2005 or 2006) will have significant changes due to further .NET-izing of Office macros

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    Re: Word 2003 versus 2002/XP (2003 versus 2002/XP)

    I concur with Howard that if you're satisfied with your functionality and all's well with 3rd party add-ins then there is no compelling reason to switch at this time. For a list of "new" and "improved" features, you can go to Microsoft's Comparison Sheet which provides a breakdown by application.

    I hope this is helpful
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    Re: Word 2003 versus 2002/XP (2003 versus 2002/XP)

    At the Office 2003 launch event, the feature of Word 2003 that excited me the most was the way that you could protect very specific parts of a form document, rather than protecting on a section-by-section basis. Of course, this requires that everyone using the form also upgrade, so unless you are moving from a truly out-of-date and really-not-supported-anymore version such as Word 97, it probably could not be financially justified.

    From what I have read, most people think that Outlook 2003 is the only application that was significantly upgraded over its predecessor.

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