Microsoft Fixes Office 2003 Bug

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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