Patent Ruling Forces Office Upgrade

Microsoft is being forced to provide a patch disabling some of the features in Office 2003.

Yahoo! News: “Microsoft is telling new corporate customers to update versions of its Office suite and Access software package following a 2005 patent infringement ruling that required Microsoft to remove the patented software from its products.

Microsoft on Monday began notifying customers they are required to patch new corporate installations of Office Professional 2003 and Access 2003 to install Service Pack 2. Corporate customers with new installations of Office XP Professional and Access 2002 are required to install a special patch, Microsoft says.”

If the features in question affect your workflow or are one of the selling points that made you upgrade to Office 2003 I’d write some serious hate mail to Microsoft and demand your money back.