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What happens when Office 2003 gets released?

Up to this point, Office has been able to run on Win95 to WinXP
operating systems. Office XP moved Win95 off the list. The new version
requires that the OS be Win2K or WinXP.

That's OK. However, if I remember correctly, once MS comes out with a
new version, all the current versions are sent back to the warehouses
after about a 3 month period.

I think this will effectively kill off A97 and A2K. If a person is
distributing programs, it appears they will need to move to
1) A2003 and require all customers to upgrade their PCs if they can't
run WInXP
2) Require that WinXP (or Win2K) be on all machines
3) Rewrite the applications to A2003. That could be a major headache.

My reasoning is that copies of older versions will be difficult if not
impossible to find. This will force developers to move to the newer
version though I wonder how many companies are going to want to upgrade
their applications because a new OS is required. For example, there
must be a ton of Win98 machines out there. Are they going to all
upgrade to a new OS, or perhaps PC, in order to run an application?


Nov 12 '05 #1
1 1527
On Wed, 17 Sep 2003 18:41:29 GMT, Patrick Finucane
<fi******@mindspring.com> wrote:
Up to this point, Office has been able to run on Win95 to WinXP
operating systems. Office XP moved Win95 off the list. The new version
requires that the OS be Win2K or WinXP.

That's OK. However, if I remember correctly, once MS comes out with a
new version, all the current versions are sent back to the warehouses
after about a 3 month period.

I think this will effectively kill off A97 and A2K. If a person is
distributing programs, it appears they will need to move to
1) A2003 and require all customers to upgrade their PCs if they can't
run WInXP
2) Require that WinXP (or Win2K) be on all machines
3) Rewrite the applications to A2003. That could be a major headache.

My reasoning is that copies of older versions will be difficult if not
impossible to find. This will force developers to move to the newer
version though I wonder how many companies are going to want to upgrade
their applications because a new OS is required. For example, there
must be a ton of Win98 machines out there. Are they going to all
upgrade to a new OS, or perhaps PC, in order to run an application?


Microsoft is in the business to make money, right? If they didn't
build in some forward only thinking, then in theory, people could
still be running on old 486 boxes running dos... (have one of those
on my desk that runs my door security system).

If you look at the way many software manufacturers are going, they are
all taking this philosophy on. Build forward, not support backward.
Make money, don't give away a product that works forever.

Cars are only made to last so long. Even home appliances have gotten
into the market - these days a dishwasher is only meant to last 5 to 6
yrs before it breaks down beyond repair and you need to buy a new one.

Its only fitting that software devs get into the money making business
for their future. They build it, they sell it, company does well,
stocks go up, investors are happy because they are making money.
Nov 12 '05 #2

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