In the press
As you may have heard about the news from Microsoft, that the support for Windows XP and Office 2003 will discontinue on April 2014. The lack of support for Windows XP will put millions of users' computer as risk – NetMarketShare estimates 31.2% of PCs currently run Windows XP. Similarly, unpatched security holes in Office 2003 may result in tremendous loss of customers' data.
Office 2003 was a mature office suite version which was widely used. It still accounts for a significant percentage of all office users in the global market.
If you are unfortunately an Office 2003 user, you will need to upgrade to the latest Microsoft Office 2013, and at the same time, upgrade your operating system. While, there are plenty of alternative office suites out there that can replace the main programs in Microsoft Office, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Alternative office suite that is totally free: Kingsoft Office
If you'd like similar UI and experience to Office 2003, try Kingsoft Office out. See the following screenshots of Kingsoft Writer and Word 2003.
Kingsoft Office 2013 is the latest release from Kingsoft. The reasons to switch to Kingsoft Office include:
File format compatibility
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Most features in Kingsoft Office are the same with Microsoft Office 2003. However, there are also exceptions like the paragraph layout tool, PDF converter and tabbed interface in Kingsoft. See complete list of feature comparison between Microsoft Office 2003 and Kingsoft Office 2013.