20 March 2013

Opening a Microsoft Word document in an older version

Each month we'll be publishing a guest blog from one of our techies. This month we've got a technical guest blog from our Managing Director, Simon Dutton:
 
The end of January 2013 saw the release of Office 365, Microsoft’s latest version of the world’s most popular office administration suite.  Those of you like me who can remember Dolly the first cloned sheep back in 1997 may also remember thinking ah! Office 97, it does everything I need, its perfect, no need for this to be replaced. 

Life’s not that simple though and since then we have had Office 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 and now Office 365.  Many of these versions have included radical changes and not all of them are backwards compatible.   Don’t forget we software providers make our living from bringing out new versions of software and Microsoft is a good example of this, remember Windows 95.
Microsoft has tried hard to minimise the compatibility issue providing everyone with converters which will, at the very least enable you to open most documents created in a later version of the software you have on your computer.
Take a look at the following web site:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/default.aspx

Scroll down the page to the area called Popular Downloads and click on Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel and PowerPoint File Formats.  On the next page you will be able to click on the download for their converter. 
Simply download and install and you will be able to open all those documents sent to you from those “Show-offs” with the latest version of Office.

Simon

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