Microsoft Fixes Office 2003 Bug

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2003-11-05 Print this article Print

Some Word 2003, PowerPoint 2003 and Excel 2003 documents could lose graphics if they were modified or saved in earlier versions of Office.

Two weeks after launching its Office 2003, Microsoft Corp. has released its first update to the productivity suite. The Office 2003 Critical Update, dated Tuesday on the companys support site, fixes a problem that can cause the loss of graphic content in certain Word 2003, PowerPoint 2003 and Excel 2003 documents. According to the warning, the problem with Office 2003 occurs when a Word, PowerPoint or Excel document includes an OfficeArt shape that was previously modified or saved in an earlier version of those Office applications. When a user attempts to open or save such a file in Office 2003, the document may open incompletely, may become corrupted, may open but with some content missing or lead to an error message, according to a Microsoft description of the update.
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Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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