What happened and why open formats matter! Tucked in with the many security updates (and the restoration of one’s ability to paste text from a web page into a Word document!), a very interesting modification to the Office 2003 software waits quietly for installation with Service Pack 3. These events with Office 2003 should act as a cautionary tale of proprietary product, vendor, and platform lock-in.

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Created by Rubuntu 7 years 39 weeks ago – Made popular 7 years 39 weeks ago
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7 years 39 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago


Disempowering the user

This is typical MS strategy. You can force users to upgrade by making it artificially difficult or impossible for them to use or inter-operate with older products. Deliberately breaking a working piece of software by removing needed functionality from it under the guise of a "service pack" seems criminal, but Microsoft's licence agreements ensure that the user really has no rights at all.