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If you’re reading this, there is no doubt you’ve heard that Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP on April 8th, 2014. For more information on that, check out our super quick, yet amazingly informative video here: http://youtu.be/9WgoGQDDAiU

What does it mean? WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?!

However, Windows XP was not the only major Microsoft software to lose support from its maker. Microsoft Office 2003 support officially ended on April 8th as well. What does this mean? Well, just like Windows XP, the software will still work, but security and feature updates will no longer be provided. Microsoft is urging its users to move to the Office 365 platform, which includes access to its latest office suite as well as several online or cloud-based storage options and solutions. This, of course, comes at a current price of as low as $9.95 per month.

What to do, what to do…

But here’s a much cheaper and pretty straightforward solution: LibreOffice

While this software is NOT Microsoft Office, it can open, edit, and create Microsoft Office documents. This may be a good alternative while you consider the ongoing cost of Office 365 or other Office suites out there. Here’s where to get LibreOffice: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-stable

Looking for something a bit younger

The bottom line is that if you’re still using that 11-year old office software, you would probably benefit greatly from an upgrade to Microsoft’s latest edition (new and improved and online-y and stuff) or a regularly updated free or less expensive alternative like the aforementioned LibreOffice or OpenOffice. The new Office 365 is definitely worth exploring, though. Take a look here.

Whatever you decide to do, My Computer Works is here to help with advice and/or installation  of a different or upgraded office suite and fix for your other computer problems. If you have any questions, call us at (877) 273-2268.