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    Running Outlook 2003 with Office XP (XP/2003)

    Does anyone have any experience to share regarding running Outlook 2003 with Office XP? I work for a large company with thousands of users. We currently have Office/Outlook XP installed on our machines using an admin install point stored locally on the C drive. We are planning on upgrading only the Outlook piece to 2003 by creating it's own admin install point on the same C drive. We also have home grown apps that uses Office and Outlook. I know there will be some functionalities lost such as using Word as an e-mail editor, etc... but are there any gotchas, conflicts, interoperability, administration (sending updates, service packs, patches and hot fixes) problems I have to be aware of? Any feedback will be greatly appreciated. Hope to get feedback soon!

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    Re: Running Outlook 2003 with Office XP (XP/2003)

    The way that I use Outlook, mostly just as a mail client, there don't seem to have been any ill effects from installing Outlook 2003 over Outlook 2002 and using it along side the rest of Office XP.

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    Re: Running Outlook 2003 with Office XP (XP/2003)

    Do you use an admin install point or just install straight from a CD? If you use admin install points, did you create a separate install point for Outlook 2003? If so, how do you handle updates, patches, fixes and/or service packs? By the way are there specific functionalities you lost?

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    Re: Running Outlook 2003 with Office XP (XP/2003)

    We did not use a CD. Or should I say, it was on the CD that came with Exchange 2003 and it was installed from a server somewhere. Sorry for the lack of detail, I was worrying about a lot of other things during the switchover. As for lost functionality, these relate to going to Exchange: some of my macros and rules had problems, but that should not affect most users; and I lost the ability to use SAProxy, a Windows version of SpamAssassin, since it can't filter Exchange mail. I found the built-in filter to be a nightmare of inaccuracy. I was very pleased to get server-based filtering. In all, then, it seems to have worked out fine. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Running Outlook 2003 with Office XP (XP/2003)

    You will loose the functionality of the "send to" feature from the File menu in the applications. Also you will need to disable word as your email editor (not a bad idea anyway).

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    Re: Running Outlook 2003 with Office XP (XP/2003)

    Thanks for the responses regarding functionalities lost. Are there people out there who can offer any insight with regards to the questions I had regarding administration? I have concerns about having separate install points for Office XP and Outlook 2003 in terms of applying patches, service packs, updates and hot fixes. Since the Office suite includes Outlook and they share quite a bit of common files, I wonder how it would affect either or both when something is applied to one or another or both. Has anyone have any experience with this scenario?

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    Re: Running Outlook 2003 with Office XP (XP/2003)

    >Since the Office suite includes Outlook and they share quite a bit of common files....

    If you try to create a common install point, you will almost certainly have far more problems than the ones you were trying to avoid. AFAIK most of the patches are deliberately engineered to version specific. The changes between Outlook 2002 and 2003 are fairly significant, also.

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    Re: Running Outlook 2003 with Office XP (XP/2003)

    I understand about the updates being version specific. That's why we intend to use separate install points for Office XP and Outlook 2003. I'm looking for some feedback from people who have experience with using separate install points. Will applying version specific update have adverse affects on the shared files?

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    Re: Running Outlook 2003 with Office XP (XP/2003)

    To be more specific. If I update Outlook 2003 and it updated a shared file then later on updated Office XP and it updates the same shared file, is it smart enough not to overwrite an older version? In the same token, if the shared file was updated by an Outlook 2003 update, will it cause problems when Office XP uses the same shared file? Backward compatibility I can see as not having problems but forward compatibility (if there is such a thing)? I'm suspecting Office XP will have a problem using a shared file that was updated by an Outlook 2003 update. Any thoughts?

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    Re: Running Outlook 2003 with Office XP (XP/2003)

    The problem you are now describing is what I was attempting to warn against. In recent versions of Windows, there has been a specific mechanism set up to prevent this. AAFAIK there is no such mechanism in Microsoft Office to safeguard against this. In fact, in other Office applications (such as Access) this can inadvertently cause problems. HTH
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    Re: Running Outlook 2003 with Office XP (XP/2003)

    Do you mean that even if we have separate install points for Office XP and Outlook 2003 we may still run into problems when we apply patches or is it only a problem if we have one install point for both? Just want to make sure I understood you.

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    Re: Running Outlook 2003 with Office XP (XP/2003)

    It should not be a problem if you have one install point for each. This means that the 2002 patches should be on the 2002 install point, and the 2003 patches on the 2003 install point. Hope that's completely clear.
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    Re: Running Outlook 2003 with Office XP (XP/2003)

    Thanks. That's very encouraging to know. We consulted with Microsoft about this and they advised against having different versions. Of course we wondered if that was just a company line or if that was a valid assessment. This is why I'm trying to get feedback.

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