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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16 years 10 weeks 17 hours 5 min 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.

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