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Jake Page Icon Posted 2019-07-17 8:59 PM
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MS was very careful to kill off the older versions of Skype. I had early Symbian version working on a Nokia 810 handheld and then one day, it wasn't working. I was paying them money to use it; dunno why they'd stop me.

I hadn't updated Skype on the familial desktop and even that wouldn't start unless I updated.

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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2019-07-17 10:38 PM
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One change they made was to secure and trim the API, the second was to integrate the API in MS land by switching it over to what used to be MSN Messenger. Messenger had a plethora of security issues and fake/badly written clients out there (i.e. SPAMbots) so they locked the API down :. killing any client they didn't want in the process. Skype was to be Facetime for Windows 8. They took an OK product, made it mediocre and then made it worse*.

* The apps for Windows 10/Android are horrid IMHO.
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CE Geek Page Icon Posted 2019-07-18 1:12 AM
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Jake - 2019-07-17 8:10 AM

I bet I have Word 97 on 10 computers. Just a phenomenal word processor; even does .docx


That can't be true. DOCX didn't even exist for another decade. Is there a plugin I never heard about?
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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2019-07-19 4:55 PM
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What. The. Actual. Hell?!?!

I just clicked to open OneNote and got
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Windows is searching for ONENOTE.EXE. To locate the file yourself, click browse


The same for Word, Excel, Outlook...

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office (I've used Office x64 since 2007). Is EMPTY!!!!!!

It has uninstalled itself.


What the actual....


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smb_gaiden Page Icon Posted 2019-07-19 5:55 PM
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C:Amie - 2019-07-19 8:55 AM

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What. The. Actual. Hell?!?!

I just clicked to open OneNote and got
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Windows is searching for ONENOTE.EXE. To locate the file yourself, click browse


The same for Word, Excel, Outlook...

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office (I've used Office x64 since 2007). Is EMPTY!!!!!!

It has uninstalled itself.


What the actual....





Where is Clippy when you need him?
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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2019-07-19 6:10 PM
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Obviously, that's where they went wrong after Office 2003!

So much for the Uninstall Simulator gag

I've reinstalled it... again...
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Paianni Page Icon Posted 2019-07-20 2:12 PM
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Windows clients these days are only designed to be user serviced if they are networked to a Windows Server. If they are run stand-alone, like most home PCs, then Microsoft is the network, and they're not very predictable.
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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2019-07-20 2:18 PM
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Good thing I have my own Active Directory domain then so I don't have to suffer random self-uninstalls by our Redmond overlords... oh wait
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Jake Page Icon Posted 2019-07-21 9:24 PM
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Sorry, CE Geek. Didn't see your query until now.

But yeah, you can open and save in *.docx with Word 97. The file is FileFormatConverters.exe

I got it from MS but I can't find that link and while it seems available everywhere, I can't vouch for the sites. PM me if you can't find a copy that makes you feel safe.

It was the wondrous Rich H who first gave us the good news.

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CE Geek Page Icon Posted 2019-07-21 10:05 PM
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Nice find. Pretty big file (37 MB). Too bad there's no such converter for Pocket Office on H/PCs.
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Jake Page Icon Posted 2019-07-22 1:51 PM
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TextMaker for Android will still do .pwd-to-.docx/.docx-to-.pwd conversions. That's the closest thing I can come up with.

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Jake - 2019-07-22 10:51 PM

TextMaker for Android will still do .pwd-to-.docx/.docx-to-.pwd conversions. That's the closest thing I can come up with.

Jake


I didn't know that, that might come in handy for me.

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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2019-07-24 9:08 AM
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5 days and it's still installed! It's a new record
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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2019-10-13 8:11 PM
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Oh for crying out loud! It's just uninstalled itself AGAIN

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Adanroj Page Icon Posted 2019-12-29 4:40 AM
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It has been a long time since I have felt the desire to use Microsoft Office. It used to seem so much better than open source alternatives, but not any more.

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