Good Afternoon, Gentlemen,
I was reading in the magazine PC PRO that if one has Excel from 2015 or so it should be dumped. I am still using Microsoft Office Professional 2003. I find it does everything I need, so I see no need to dump it!! Or am I missing something??
As I said the article start's on Page 30 of PC PRO that is dated June 2018. I only got it a couple of days or so ago and assumed that forum members all got the magazine. The article suggests that Microsoft have grown complacent and Office 365 has fallen behind other programmes. And I was just wondering what members on here felt about Office 365. As I haven't updated what we use I really see no reason to upgrade but I would like to know other people's opinions.
Hi Housten, if I was you I'd ignore the article; office 365/2016 is the best it's ever been, in my opinion, & I wouldn't use, or recommend, anything other than MS Office suite, regardless of what PC Pro, or any other magazine, might suggest.
Most, if not all, UK businesses [& worldwide I would assume] use MS Office [Word/Excel/Visio etc.], so if it's good enough for them, I'm sure it's good enough for the rest of us in whatever big/small way we choose to use it.
The only reason to upgrade your Office 2003 version is that it is no longer supported by Microsoft who stopped supporting it on 8th April 2014 so it will not have been updated since then. Of course this does not matter if you only use it to create your own spreadsheets on your own computer. The risk increases if you start to share or download spreadsheets via the internet or email. Be diligent and make sure you have a good computer security program installed.
Because Microsoft has ceased support for your version of Excel, you will no longer receive software updates. More importantly, you will no longer get any security updates, and that could mean that you are exposed if you spend much time online.
As for Office 365, I wouldn't be without it - I use it every day, and it is capable of doing everything I need it to do...and much more besides. It is consistently well-reviewed in the business world, and deservedly so.
"I got to ask the question , how secure was it when it was first released."
The answer to that is 'pretty secure'. You need to understand that malicious exploits are being devised all the time, so the operating system and some of the software which runs on it has to be patched and updated all the time, too. Lots of today's threats didn't exist when Office 2007 first saw the light of day.
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 reached the end of its extended support life cycle in October 2007. You will not get any further new security updates for it.