i’m in a bind of sorts. half of my users are using office 2007 and half are using office 2002. what can i say? the crisis came and we put ugrading the rest on indefinite hold. but there are complications with this kind of set up. the problem stems from the inability of the office 2002 users not being able to read the newer file format of office 2007 (docx mostly). typical of microsoft. they want every old-version user to upgrade to the latest and greatest. but everyone is in cost reduction mode so upgrading is not a popular option for now. besides, i was informed that you can’t really upgrade an old oem version, say office 2002 oem, to the next latest and greatest oem version. you have to buy the boxed product for it to be eligible for an upgrade in the future.
so, what to do with the incompatibility situation? download and install openoffice 3.01 alongside office 2002. use openoffice to open the newer docx documents and save into a format compatible with office 2002. circuitous, i know. some of you may be suggesting why not just use openoffice instead?
yeah, why not, indeed?