Can I Open Office 2007 Files On Older Versions Of Office? ~ Ask The Admin

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Can I Open Office 2007 Files On Older Versions Of Office?

Hey There Cheapskate!

So you say Microsoft has pulled a fast one on you? You have been running office 2000 with no complaints for 5 or 6 years now. What's that? They are forcing you to upgrade because you can't read the fancy smancy new file formats? They are something like docx and xlsx...

Don't fret, you can keep using your outdated Micro$oft office products and open these new file types - Wait for it.... Wait for it... For Free! And imagine that MS has buried the information, but we found it at the link below.

There is a MS update available here.

Obviously they are not going to hype and promote this - it would stifle their sales worse than XP is hurting Vista!

From Microsoft's website:

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats

Open, edit, and save documents, workbooks, and presentations in the file formats new to Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007.

Users of the Microsoft Office XP and 2003 programs Word, Excel, or PowerPoint—please install all High-Priority updates from Microsoft Update before downloading the Compatibility Pack.

By installing the Compatibility Pack in addition to Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003, you will be able to open, edit, and save files using the file formats new to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007. The Compatibility Pack can also be used in conjunction with the Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003, and PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to view files saved in these new formats. For more information about the Compatibility Pack, see Knowledge Base article 924074.

Note: If you use Microsoft Word 2000 or Microsoft Word 2002 to read or write documents containing complex scripts, please see for information to enable Word 2007 documents to be displayed correctly in your version of Word.

Administrators: The administrative template for the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint converters contained within the Compatibility Pack is available for download.