One of the drawbacks to updating your machine and associated software is that at some point you will need to open an older file and that is usually where you find the dreaded incompatibility report.
There is nothing more infuriating than knowing that you have all the data stored in an Excel file that you can no longer get in to because you have upgraded a couple of times since you first produced that file. With that in mind the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack has been developed to provide a virtual bridge between the older systems and the new. The other advantage being that you can create a file in a newer version and then open it on the older desktop.
The compatibility pack has been designed to be installed after all the appropriate high priority updates for Office 2000, XP, or 2003 have been downloaded and installed. Once you have got all of the pertinent updates and service packs installed then you will be in a position to get the most out of the compatibility pack. As with any update make sure all of the Office Suite is closed before attempting to run the installation of the pack. Once this has been accomplished you will now have the opportunity to open, read, and edit any file created in 2007, 2010, 2013 Office System in whichever earlier version you are running. So the age of your original Office suite should no longer be a problem when opening files from a newer version.
While the Compatibility pack will allow an older system to open and run newer versions of Office it is not an upgrade as such. What it does is provide a stable platform for the different systems to work on, or through, in order to allow home and business users to share information. All the features of the older suite are still in full working order while the newer version will be missing some components because the operating systems will inevitably be different. This does not mean that any changes made will not work, however, as there is no point in editing something to make it worse. The difference is that the final product will appear better on the new system.
The compatibility Pack is a useful bridge between the latest versions of Microsoft Office and its predecessors. As a free download it makes sense and could be applied to home systems in order to keep them up to date with the modern office environment. This is a key feature in a time when almost as much work is done in the home as it is in the office.
Microsoft have chosen to provide their customers with an ever growing range of products that can be used across a wider age range of systems than ever before. With the customer in mind they are making it possible to run new software alongside the older versions while allowing the user to be able to do any necessary editing with the older software.
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