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  1. #1
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    MS Office 2003 vs Office 2000 (MS Office 2003)

    My company is currently migrating from MS Office 2000 to MS Office 2003. I was wondering if anyone knows of any "major" differences between the two versions. Pros/Cons etc?

    Thank you in advance!

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    Re: MS Office 2003 vs Office 2000 (MS Office 2003)

    Word, Excel and PowerPoint use the same basic file format in all versions since Office 97. So existing "standard" documents, workbooks and presentations should open in the new version without problems. If you have macros in these applications, you should test them thoroughly. Some Loungers have reported problems when migrating from Office 2000 to 2002 and/or 2003. One thing to look out for is that security has been tightened. Otherwise, most changes are evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Some are nice, others take some getting used to, and some are plain irritating. Mail merge in Word has been changed drastically.

    Access has a new file format in each version, but fortunately, you can open, work with and create Access 2000 format databases in Access 2003 without conversion. If you use VBA code that deals with recordsets etc. watch out for confusion between the DAO and ADO object models.

    The general opinion seems to be that Outlook 2003 is a huge improvement over previous versions.

    Just my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>. No doubt others will chime in.

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    Re: MS Office 2003 vs Office 2000 (MS Office 2003)

    Hans' comments pretty well sum it up. There are some nice additions in Office XP (2002) such as pivot tables and improved DAPs in Access, but there are also some not so happy changes, such as the Mail Merge and the 2003 Security changes.

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