It was released on August 2003 followed by three services packs know as services pack 1, services pack 2 and service pack 3. It is preceded by Microsoft office 2007 and succeeded by MS Office XP. In April 2014, Microsoft ended the support for Office 2003 and Windows XP. So no one can receive the bug fixing update or any kind of technical support for Microsoft.
Also user unable to get any security update which protects user data from viruses, spyware, worms. Till now thousands of employee in the Government sector of Asian countries can be seen doing their office work using office 2003 with Windows XP.
There was a very little improvement had been made on the core office application from Office XP. Outlook 2003 had been improved a lot with the better email, calendar sharing, Unicode support, search option available across different folders.
Microsoft Office 2003 (codenamed Office 11) is an office suite developed and distributed by Microsoft for its Windows operating system. Office 2003 was released to manufacturing on August 19, 2003, and was later released to retail on October 21, 2003. It was the successor to Office XP and the predecessor to Office 2007. 2b1af7f3a8