Your questions: “Will Office 2003 work with Windows 7?”

win7o11On today’s in Mossberg’s Mailbox from Nov. 18, 2009 on the site (the blog where venerable technology columnist Walt Mossberg answers readers’ questions) Mr. Mossberg answers several reader questions, including one on Microsoft Office 2003 and Windows 7.  This must be a popular topic, because I received emails this week (thanks, April and Josh) with essentially the same question.

Q: Will Office 2003 work with the new Windows 7 operating system?

A: Microsoft, which makes both products, says the answer is yes, though I haven’t tested it.

I have. It works. I used it until recently at home (one machine recently moved to Office 2007). But you want more than anecdotal information from me.

Well, there’s a web page for that ;).

As I initially reported here, you can find more information on the Microsoft Windows 7 Compatibility Center. Perhaps folks could include a reference to this helpful site when wondering online about Windows 7 application compatibility (aka "appcompat" at Microsoft). Just a thought.

With respect to Office 2003, we have tested it and you can see the results for yourself on the Windows 7 Compatibility Center, specifically on these pages for the Office 2003 Suites (and be sure to get Office 2003 Service Pack 3 provides the latest updates).

atd101309 You can get information on more products on the Windows 7 Compatibility Center, and by using the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. A few weeks ago, Katie Boehret (a reporter for the Wall Street Journal who pens the weekly Mossberg Solution column), talked about this Windows 7 Upgrade Made Easy just before we released Windows 7 on October 22:

"Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Beta [my note: it’s released now], Microsoft’s own tool, analyzes what will and won’t work properly when the newest version of Windows installs."

More info: if you’ve got questions about Windows 7, look thru the posts from community experts on the Microsoft Answers site about Windows 7 (in 11 languages!) at


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One reply on “Your questions: “Will Office 2003 work with Windows 7?””

I’ve found that while Office 2003 runs, some features do not work properly.  A few issues my company has run into: using Word as your e-mail editior, and some printing features in Outlook.

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