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Office 2003 is an office suite written and distributed by Microsoft for Windows. It was released to manufacturing on August 19, 2003, and made available for the public on October 21, 2003. It is the predecessor to Microsoft Office 2007 and the successor to Microsoft Office XP. It runs on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Vista.


New features


  • Tablet and Pen support


  • Better email and calendar sharing and information display
  • Complete Unicode support
  • Search folders
  • Colored flags
  • Kerberos authentication
  • RPC over HTTP
  • Cached Exchange mode
  • Improved junk mail filter


  • Reading Layout view
  • Document comparison
  • Better change-tracking and annotation/reviewing
  • Research Task Pane
  • Voice comments
  • XML-based format


  • List commands
  • More statistical functions and XML data import
  • Analysis and transformation/document customization


  • Backup command
  • Ability to view object dependencies
  • Error checking in forms and reports


  • Conditional formatting
  • Find and Replace for HTML elements
  • New tools for creating and formatting tables and cells
  • Dynamic templates
  • Flash support
  • WebDAV and SharePoint publishing among other features


  • Generic Color PostScript printer driver for commercial printing

Removed features

  • Design Time Controls support removed in FrontPage
  • Access 2.0 database conversion utility removed from the installation CD; Client Server Visual Design Tools for Access are no longer included in the installation CD
  • A large number of converters and filters are no longer available on the installation CD
  • Several international font options removed for installation CD
  • Genigraphics Wizard support and Presentation Broadcasting removed in PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Draw Converter and Organization Chart Converter are no longer available
  • Web Pages wizard removed in Word
  • Multiple features in Visio removed
  • Comments option in the View menu as well as the button on the Comment pane to close the pane were removed in Word
  • Microsoft Photo Editor removed
  • Due to the deprecation of WinHelp, context-sensitive help was removed
  • Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar removed

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