This question comes up often now:
Can I really continue using Office 2003, or some other older version of Microsoft Office on Windows or Mac, and still work with the new Office 2007 file formats?
Yes indeed — you can, if you are using the following versions of Microsoft Office for Windows:
- Microsoft Office 2000
- Microsoft Office XP (2002)
- Microsoft Office 2003
If you are using any of the above versions, just download the Compatibility Pack that lets you open and save the new Office 2007 XML based formats for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
And what about users of Microsoft Office versions for the Mac?
Those users will have to wait a little longer, but Microsoft has confirmed that there’s going to be a Compatibility Pack for them too — read this older blog post to learn more…