Sunday, January 6, 2008

Stupid Office 2003 SP3 disables old document formats

This is stupid. Whenever patches are updated, there is always a list that states that what patches are being applied and the impact. This is standard, and yet Microsoft can disable the old document formats without a special mention on it. In the end, those who installed the updates had trouble reading the old formats. Worse still, they have also disabled some rival document formats and blame them for insecure code. This tops the icing on the cake. The insecure code came from them, not the rival document formats! In fact, Microsoft document formats have always been famous for being "untidy" (I use OpenOffice now).

For those who wants to undo the block, Microsoft has released a KB article to re-enable the old Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Corel files.

Microsoft better buck up with their PR. They are getting from bad to worse.

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