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Windows 7: Question of What to do with Some Items offered in Windows Updates

29 Mar 2018   #11

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

The standard Microsoft support scheme has always been based around a period of ten years - split into Five years active support, (including feature updates), and five years extended (security only).

There is a change in progress brought on by the Windows as a service model used for windows 10 - In this model the product is continuously updated, (Twice a year of free in the case of Windows), but any one release is only supported for two years. So it's actually a lifetime support as long as you update when needed, (and your hardware is still suitable)

There is some rumor of this type of support being introduced for Office (Office 2016 is actually a traditional Version/alternative to Office 365), but not sure how things will unfold - The switch to a fully leased software model is something that a lot of businesses prefer as it helps control cash flow and business customers are Microsoft's main revenue stream.

What I would suggest is that you download a copy of LibraOffice and give it a try - in fact with your use of the very old 2003 Office, LibreOffice will be less of a change, (shock?), than Office 2016 - If you find that Libreoffice is not suitable for your precise needs You could then look at an upgrade of your system to the latest office, (2016 or whatever they call the next one, we are due a new version soon-ish))

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29 Mar 2018   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (primary partition) & Windows XP Pro 32-bit SP3 (on the same HDD)

Thanks, man. Thanks again everyone else.
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29 Mar 2018   #13

Windows 7 Pro & Ultimate (64-Bit) Retail, Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit) Retail

I've pretty much replaced MS Office with LibreOffice on all my systems now. For a free office suite, it does everything I need. I have been slowly moving away from MS consumer products over the last few years. With the exception of Windows, there really aren't any other MS products that I use now.

I agree with Barman58. As it's free, it's definitely worth giving it a try before spending a lot of money on a new MS Office licence. Or you could get Office 365 and try it out for a while. I'm personally not a big fan of subscription software though, but it's whatever works best for your needs.
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29 Mar 2018   #14

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
I'm surprised it lasted this long, one of the reasons stated for the change from DOC to DOCx was the suspect security status of the format. Of course the real reason was more likely to have been the fact that changing the proprietary file format (and registering it world wide), and thus it's extension format, helped the fight against those reverse engineering the format for compatibility in their own products
.DOCX files take a lot less room on your drive than .DOC. This is a key reason why I finally switched from .DOC to .DOCX.
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