Get Ready for Microsoft Office 2007 Without Upgrading Your Office 2003 Version
Microsoft Office 2007 will hit corporate desktops this month while consumers like you and me will be able to buy the full retail version of Office Vista starting January 2007.
It's just a matter of few weeks before we start exchanging documents written in Word 2007, spreadsheets charted in Excel 2007 or presentations prepared with PowerPoint 2007. Is your Microsoft Office version ready to handle this ?
A new version of Microsoft Office means new [or better] file formats and file extensions - therefore documents written with Office 2007 programs won't open directly on computers running Office 2003, XP, 2000 or Office 97.
What's the alternative for users who won't immediately migrate to Office 2007 ? Well, there's absolutely no reason to worry about such issues. The good guys from the Microsoft Office team at Redmond have created some wonderful document converters, viewers and other useful add-ons that won't let old Office users feel paralyzed in any form.
Let's look at some of the possible scenarios and the workarounds.
How do I Open Office 2007 Documents in Office 2003 ?
Get the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats. The Compatibility Pack will let you read Office 2007 documents in Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003. So you can open a .docx file with Word 2003 or .pptx with PowerPoint 2003.