Last month we wrote about the end of technical support from Microsoft for its popular, but now very vintage, Windows XP operating system. At the same time, Microsoft also ended support for Microsoft Office 2003, including Word 2003.
We know that many law firms and legal departments continue to use Word 2003. Continuing to use Word 2003 could open your computer to security breaches that might compromise client or law office data. Furthermore, Office 2003 was sadly lacking compared to Office 2007/10/13. For example, in Word 2003, features such as tracking changes and compare documents were so bad that many law offices justifiably felt it necessary to buy third-party programs to handle those functions. Those features were completely re-written (fixed) in Word 2007 and subsequent versions. Many very useful new features have been added, and the interface was dramatically improved. In view of all of this, it is now definitely time to move on to Office/Word 2007, 2010, or 2013.
If you're making the move from Word 2003 to 2007/2010/2013, you and your staff will make the transition much more easily if you receive proper training. Here at Affinity Consulting Group, we specialize in web and on-site training for users moving from Office 2003 to 2007/10/13. We're also specialists helping firms move from WordPerfect to Word. Contact your Affinity Consulting Group office for more information.