This is something important I thought I'd share for those of you running Microsoft Office 2003, which is by far now still the most common version, since most of the world hasn't caught up to Office 2007 yet. If you downloaded the Service Pack 3 patch, released in September last year (2007), and you work in an office which has to occasionally access old files, then you need to be aware of this.
Part of the SP3 patch for office blocked your ability to access any files created in Microsoft Office 1997 or earlier. Basically, this only affects users/companies who have archives of old customer records or very old documents still stored on your server(s). If you do need to access these files, there are two things you should do:
- Open all your old archives once and re-save them in the 2003 format.
- Get the "hack" that allows your copy of office to open the older file formats.
It's not a concern for most of you, but companies like banks and real-estate agencies who keep historically significant documents for archive purposes might be affected. If you've got any questions or need to know how to get around this, just drop me a line and I'll walk you through it. There is a work-around for this issue.
Ok.. back to your lives!