Microsoft Office 2000 to Microsoft Office 2003 Migration Issues

As you know, I call a legacy system “One that works”. That said, I am certainly not against upgrading or even tabula rasa software development either. In fact, making incremental and somewhat  more dramatic improvements to a legacy system is often the best course to follow.

Office 2003 is simply the most exciting release we have done since Office 97. But, what are the migration issues, especially from Office 2000 (a huge install base)? What features were deprecated? What is new or enhanced? I want an EXHAUSTIVE LIST, not just some quick marketing blurbs.

So, we have such a document: Microsoft Office 2000 to Microsoft Office 2003 Migration Issues, while too densely written in my opinion (I would re-engineer this document in a very different way), at least has all of the key data points (it’s 80+ pages). It has tables and tables of feature lists, what’s in, what’s out, what’s new, what’s ehanced. It also has a comprehensive list of KBs you will want to have handy. It’s a doc worth keeping close at hand.

 Rock Thought for the Day: Quadrophenia. One of the best albums of the 70’s and remastered in the 90’s. Roger Daltry gives consistently soulful vocals to these memorable, meaningful songs. I have rich memories of listening to this in high school, connecting to something somewhere when I was sure I was otherwise profoundly alone.

Rock On

Comments (2)

  1. Joe Giunta says:

    The intended audience of the migration issue whitepaper series is administrators or support personnel responsible for Office 2003 deployment planning. Several enterprise customers had contacted Microsoft requesting that we detail what was known about significant changes to existing features, features that were removed, and product issues documented in KBs. The information will help central IT admins be aware of potential compatibility issues before end users or branch office IT staff encounter them, and help them to resolve them more quickly. The idea is to reduce the impact of known compatibility issues thus increasing migration satisfaction.

    There are actually 3 papers:

    Office 97 to Office 2003 Migration

    Office 2000 to Microsoft Office 2003 Migration Issues

    Office XP to Microsoft Office 2003 Migration Issues

    and all three can be downloaded from:

    We felt the info was most important, but sure they could be prettier 😉