Microsoft Office 2003 (codenamed Office 11) is an office suite developed and distributed by Microsoft for its Windows operating system. Office 2003 was released to manufacturing on August 19, 2003, and was later released to retail on October 21, 2003, exactly two years after the release of Windows XP. It was the successor to Office XP and the predecessor to Office 2007. The Mac OS X equivalent, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac was released on May 11, 2004.
Office 2003 was the last version of Microsoft Office to include fully customizable toolbars and menus for all of its applications, the Office Assistant, the ability to slipstream service packs into the original setup files, Office Web Components, and the Save My Settings Wizard, which allowed users to choose whether to keep a locally cached copy of installation source files and several utility resource kit tools. It was also the last Office version to support Windows 2000. A new picture organizer with basic editing features, called Microsoft Office Picture Manager, was included.
Only basic clipart and templates were included on the disc media, with most content hosted online and downloadable from within the Office application. Microsoft advertised Office Online as a major Office 2003 feature "outside the box". Office Online provides how-to articles, tips, training courses, templates, clip art, stock photos and media and downloads (including Microsoft and third-party extensibility add-ins for Microsoft Office programs).
Microsoft released five separate editions of Office 2003: Basic, Student and Teacher, Standard, Small Business, and Professional. Retail editions were available in Full or Upgrade versions. The Basic edition was only available to original equipment manufacturers. The Student and Teacher edition was intended for noncommercial use only. All Office 2003 applications were available for purchase as standalone products.
It was released on August 2003 followed by three services packs know as services pack 1, services pack 2 and service pack 3. It is preceded by Microsoft office 2007 and succeeded by MS Office XP. In April 2014, Microsoft ended the support for Office 2003 and Windows XP. So no one can receive the bug fixing update or any kind of technical support for Microsoft.
Also user unable to get any security update which protects user data from viruses, spyware, worms. Till now thousands of employee in the Government sector of Asian countries can be seen doing their office work using office 2003 with Windows XP.
There was a very little improvement had been made on the core office application from Office XP. Outlook 2003 had been improved a lot with the better email, calendar sharing, Unicode support, search option available across different folders. 2b1af7f3a8