As far as I am concerned, this is nothing less than theft by taking. Microsoft is taking away your capacity to open documents, a capacity you paid them to have when you purchased their product! This is so typical of this horrible microsoftian business model. So, let me guess: to keep you safe from the crappy, over-priced software they sold you, they will now require you to give more of your money to them to “upgrade” to the latest version of their crappy software that is improved. I hope the lawsuits start!
Microsoft Office Drops Support For Older File Formats
By Scott Gilbertson January 02, 2008 | 9:44:23 AMCategories: Office, Software, Windows
You might not have noticed it yet, but the recent service pack 3 release for Microsoft Office 2003 contains a hidden “feature” — it disables support for older Microsoft Office formats. If you’ve got any old Word, Excel, 1-2-3, Quattro, or Corel Draw documents hanging around your hard drive you’ll need to delve into the Windows Registry to open them.
A note posted to the Microsoft Support Center says that by default, these file formats are blocked because they are less secure, and goes on to warn that they may pose a risk to you.[From Microsoft Office Drops Support For Older File Formats | Compiler from Wired.com]