On today's WSJ.com in Mossberg's Mailbox from Nov. 18, 2009 on the allthingsd.com/ site (the blog where venerable technology columnist Walt Mossberg answers readers' questions) Mr. Mossberg answers several reader questions, including one on Microsoft Office 2003 and Windows 7. This must be a popular topic, because I received emails this week (thanks, April and Josh) with essentially the same question.
Q: Will Office 2003 work with the new Windows 7 operating system?
A: Microsoft, which makes both products, says the answer is yes, though I haven't tested it.
I have. It works. I used it until recently at home (one machine recently moved to Office 2007). But you want more than anecdotal information from me.
Well, there's a web page for that ;).
As I initially reported here, you can find more information on the Microsoft Windows 7 Compatibility Center. Perhaps folks could include a reference to this helpful site when wondering online about Windows 7 application compatibility (aka "appcompat" at Microsoft). Just a thought.
With respect to Office 2003, we have tested it and you can see the results for yourself on the Windows 7 Compatibility Center, specifically on these pages for the Office 2003 Suites (and be sure to get Office 2003 Service Pack 3 provides the latest updates).
You can get information on more products on the Windows 7 Compatibility Center, and by using the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. A few weeks ago, Katie Boehret (a reporter for the Wall Street Journal who pens the weekly Mossberg Solution column), talked about this Windows 7 Upgrade Made Easy just before we released Windows 7 on October 22:
"Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Beta [my note: it's released now], Microsoft’s own tool, analyzes what will and won’t work properly when the newest version of Windows installs."
More info: if you've got questions about Windows 7, look thru the posts from community experts on the Microsoft Answers site about Windows 7 (in 11 languages!) at http://bit.ly/ZbSp6.
Also available via http://bit.ly/4itwVB