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Opening Office 2010 beta documents with Office 2003

Discussion in 'Microsoft Office' started by Tom C, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. Tom C

    Tom C Flightless Bird

    The header says it all. I tried a "patch" or converter I found on the
    Microsoft web site and installed it, but I get errors that there is not
    enough memory to open the application. The particular file I am trying to
    open is an excel file created using a beta copy of MS Office 2010. Office
    2003 is a certified, activated, registered release.

    Is there a file converter for this or do I just have to wait until Microsoft
    comes out with the final release?

    Really, I wish there would be SOME backward compatibility with Microsoft's
    Office products. It seems that whenever there is a new version, we have to
    upgrade or we can't open documents sent to our offices just because somebody
    spent the money to upgrade their versions. This is getting crazy!
     
  2. Steve Rindsberg

    Steve Rindsberg Flightless Bird


    > Really, I wish there would be SOME backward compatibility with Microsoft's
    > Office products.


    There is, but when you install and use beta software on a production computer
    and use it for real work, you're playing digital Russian roulette. Beta
    software isn't done. You have to accept that there will be incompatibilities
    and problems. If you can't, you really shouldn't install it.

    Not to say that it'll be perfect when it's released, but at least you'll get
    more sympathy from MS. <g>

    > It seems that whenever there is a new version, we have to
    > upgrade or we can't open documents sent to our offices just because somebody
    > spent the money to upgrade their versions. This is getting crazy!


    You spent money to upgrade to the beta?
     
  3. Skiffle

    Skiffle Flightless Bird

    "Tom C" <bettablue@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:FRUmn.6752$%H1.1298@newsfe23.iad...
    > The header says it all. I tried a "patch" or converter I found on the
    > Microsoft web site and installed it, but I get errors that there is not
    > enough memory to open the application. The particular file I am trying
    > to open is an excel file created using a beta copy of MS Office 2010.
    > Office 2003 is a certified, activated, registered release.
    >
    > Is there a file converter for this or do I just have to wait until
    > Microsoft comes out with the final release?
    >
    > Really, I wish there would be SOME backward compatibility with Microsoft's
    > Office products. It seems that whenever there is a new version, we have
    > to upgrade or we can't open documents sent to our offices just because
    > somebody spent the money to upgrade their versions. This is getting
    > crazy!


    Tom,

    To be correct, your subject line describes forward compatibility, not
    backward compatibility. You are trying to open a document that was created
    by a version after the one you are using to open it. Backward compatibility
    would be using Office 2010 to open a document created by Office 2003.

    Otherwise, I have to agree with Steve's sentiments. In addition, you are
    whining about a problem you assume is a Microsoft issue. Maybe this memory
    problem you are having is a problem with YOUR computer ?
     

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