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    Office 2003, XP Backwards Compatible to Office 97? (Office 2003, XP, 97)

    I know this is probably a loaded question but here goes ..... Is Office 2003 or Office XP backwards compatible to Office 97 &2000? I just got a brand new home computer with Win XP professional on it. Most of my office documents (word, excel, powerpoint, access) are Office 97. I was originally thinking of buying Office 2000 Pro Full (as that's what my work office just migrated to (from office 97)) but after searching many web sites (pricegrabber, atomic, buycheapsoftware, amazon,etc) I found that Office 2000 Pro is actually more expensive than the newer latest Office 2003 Pro or Office XP pro. However on one of the Amazon reviews someone stated Office 2003 is not backwards compatible with office 2000 say nothing about office 97. Does that mean I would have a lot of problems with opening, loosing formatting, etc all of my office97 word docs, excel sheets, ppt and access in Office 2003? What about Office XP pro ... is that backwards compatible to Office 97 / 2000?

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    Re: Office 2003, XP Backwards Compatible to Office 97? (Office 2003, XP,

    I don't have Office 2003 myself, but converted from 97 to 2002 (XP) last year. My impression is that, with the exception of Outlook, Office 2003 is not all that different from Office XP, so here is my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>
    1. <LI>Access 2003 has a different database format than Access 97. If you open an Access 97, you'll be given two options:
      <UL><LI>Open the database without conversion. You will be able to view forms and reports etc., and view and edit data, but you won't be able to modify the design of any database object.
      <LI>Convert the database to the default format set in Tools | Options... After conversion, you will be able to modify the design of database objects. The database won't be readable for Access 97 users.
    The default data model in Access 2000 and up is ADO, whereas it was DAO in Access 97. This may cause some problems with code, but those can usually be solved. Search the Access forum, or ask a question there if you have problems.
    You can also convert a database back to Access 97 format. If you have used features that were introduced in Access 2000 or later, you may run into problems.
    <LI>The format for Word, Excel and PowerPoint is basically the same, so documents, workbooks and presentations can be opened without conversion. You can edit them and share them with Office 97 users. However, each of these applications has new features; there might be problems if you try to share documents etc. that use these features with Office 97 users. If you have lots of macros, you may run into things that work differently.
    <LI>Outlook 2003 is very different from Outlook 97, but you don't mention that.[/list]Others will probably come up with different viewpoints.

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