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Windows Phone Mango kills old file formats dead

0. phoneArena 10 Aug 2011, 00:29 posted on

In a move that is neither shocking, nor really all that much cause for concern, it seems that Windows has removed support to edit Microsoft Office 97-2003 file formats in Windows Phone Mango...

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posted on 10 Aug 2011, 01:35 2

1. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


as the first "PA community" to comment... It makes sense for MS to "out date" products that old. Sorry but if your running something older than office 97, its time to update.

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 01:40

3. chris23 (Posts: 39; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)


Yeah I agree about software before office 97, but they are speaking of getting rid of the edit feature for office 97-2003. I personally dont see a reason to go out and buy office 2007 just yet

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 01:35 2

2. chris23 (Posts: 39; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)


I don't think that was a good move.....I still can't send a .docx file to one of my professors without thinking "omg will they be able to open the file" or "will it come out correctly." I think that they have to make a significant amount of improvement before they can expect everyone to ditch Office 97-03 for a newer version. Now half the people with WP7 wont be able to edit their documents on the go....at least that's the way I feel

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 05:37

4. PhoneLuver (Posts: 466; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


I totally agree with you! But just maybe these people will be forced to upgrade..

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 10:01

6. dipereira0123 (Posts: 17; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)


well i understand u point of view, but we must consider, that such older versions may have some structural problens that may be too hard to convert and adapt to new perspectives of use, we must consider that we will be using it on a mobile, and we must consider that re-adapt the software may be too costy for, low benefit, ppl whos going for a good smartphone and have to use these resources will problably have some updated platform (MSOffice 2007/2010 Win7, silverlight... etc) affinity already, some ordinary ppl who still on older platforms are problably not the public that will be looking for a smartphone such proporses IMO

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 08:04 1

5. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)


Microsoft typically ends support for an outdated product after 2 lifecyles of newer versions. Office 2007 and Office 2010 are released, Office 97-03 is done. Why should they bloat thier new code with instructions on how to handle these older file formats? Espcially more valid when the older file formats in Office 97-03 require larger file sizes?

Everyone do yourself a favor and switch to 2010, or at least 2007; re-save your older documents into the newer format.

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 10:48

7. mkl4466 (Posts: 53; Member since: 25 Sep 2008)


Bad move, for a few reasons. Consumers keep their computers for as long as view possibly can. It's 2011 now, so a five year old pa came with office 2003. Who goes out and says for newer versions of MS Office? You just use whatever is on your computer. Since WP7 is still struggling to gain market share, alienating consumers who are using older, but perfectly functional software on their home or office pc certainly won't rush adoption rates. My hunch is that more people still use office 2003 than WP7, and that probably won't change anytime soon. If. elk a customer view can get a windows phone that boner with document editing capability but view ha e to install new software on their home computer to make that file company compatible between their phone and pc, or they can get an android phone and spend 15 dollars and five minutes on the android market and have document editing capability that works between phone and pc, which way seems more appealing? Customers want hassle free. XML document format conversion is the epitome of hassle. I don't have office 2.07 on any of my work or home computers, so ID anyone sends me a .docx file I still have to send it back to them and ask them to reformat it. Microsoft needs to play to their strengths to make choosing a WP7 device easy for the average customer if they want to gain ground. It's not like how Apple can put anything out there and it will be instantly updated by their hardcore devoted following. Apple could get away with something like this. MS can't. People would rather spend money on a new smartphone every two years than a new pc or new office software, so MS needs to accept the fact that office 2003 will be out there in mainstream use for awhile yet. Unless view offer free updates to office 2007 to everybody. And not talking about a free file converter that causes the whole pc to lock up everytime.

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 11:44

8. mkl4466 (Posts: 53; Member since: 25 Sep 2008)


Pardon the typos, autocorrect...smh

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 14:53

9. mkl4466 (Posts: 53; Member since: 25 Sep 2008)


let's try this again...
Bad move, for a few reasons. Consumers keep their computers for as long as they possibly can. It's 2011 now, so a five year old PC came with Office 2003. Who goes out and pays for a newer versions of MS Office? You just use whatever is on your computer. Since WP7 is still struggling to gain market share, alienating consumers who are using older, but perfectly functional software on their home or office PC certainly won't rush adoption rates. My hunch is that more people still use office 2003 than WP7, and that probably won't change anytime soon. As a salesperson, if I tell customers they can get a windows phone that comes with document editing capability but they must install new software on their home computer to make that file compatible between their phone and pc, or they can get an android phone and spend 15 dollars and five minutes on the android market and have document editing capability that works between phone and pc, which way seems more appealing? Customers want hassle free. XML document format conversion is the epitome of hassle. I don't have office 2007 on any of my work or home computers, so if anyone sends me a .docx file I still have to send it back to them and ask them to reformat it. Microsoft needs to play to their strengths to make choosing a WP7 device easy for the average customer if they want to gain ground. It's not like how Apple can put anything out there and their hardcore devoted following will instantly update to it. Apple could get away with something like this. MS can't. People would rather spend money on a new smartphone or tablet every two years than a new pc or new office software, thus people are keeping old PCs even longer than they used to, so MS needs to accept the fact that office 2003 will be out there in mainstream use for awhile yet. Unless they offer free updates to Office 2007 to everybody on the planet. And I'm not talking about a file converter that causes the whole pc to lock up everytime.

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 06:54

10. prajnyan (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


Comparing this to apple, i feel we must be happy that Microsoft literally lets ppl use software's designed for like a decade ago!! Maybe what Microsoft did was right in letting ppl only see old document and not be able to edit on the phone to conserve lines of code needed to be added to support older format. As far as converting your document to old file and sending it across to your professor who uses an older office, I am pretty confident someone shall develop an application to do that..

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