Not true. Compatibility pack for Office 2003 (a free download from MS) has been around for years, and is one of the first things any competent IT group would have installed on users' machines, as was the case in my company. It allows you to open, edit and save back in Office 2007 and 2010 formats. I'm not getting into the "why did they change the format" debate here.Office 2003 can't read and write Office 2007 files
MS is legendary for backbiting, back-stabbing, politics that is especially vicious. There are numerous stories of inter-team sabotage, intra-team sabotage, etc. all, to make one's team or oneself look better than the others. In the early days, MS apparently encouraged this as a form of healthy competition. Their "pet" grew into a monster that's ruining the company. They are also probably as bureacratic (or worse) than governments. Witness the number of reorganizations the company goes through; it has become a ritual and a panacea that will fix all ills in the company. There have been suggestions to break up the company (especially during the anti-trust days) into an OS company, Office company, etc. It may be too late now to have much impact.how is it even possible for someone to get it so horribly, stupidly wrong?
As long as Bill was around, I think he maintained an iron grip and adjudicated the issues (but ME released under his watch). Methinks Steve B finds Bill's shoes too big to fill. There have been numerous howls from analysts to oust Steve, if you follow that kind of news.