A new lease on life

Microsoft Office 97, says Wikipedia, was born on 19 November 1996. Will it ever die? Redmond says it already has. Users, not so much:

We celebrated my dad’s 79th birthday Sunday.

Recently, his computer began acting flaky and my brother found him a new laptop to use. We just needed to find Microsoft Office for him to finish the transition.

New Office 2013 licensing is, of course, a pain in the epiglottis. What to do?

Fortunately, he saves stuff. Like the Office 97 CD and brick of a manual from back in the 20th century. And it loaded fine.

The road goes ever on. (And so, apparently, does Clippy.)



  1. McGehee »

    30 December 2014 · 10:44 am

    Is 79 too old to use LibreOffice?

    Come to think of it, the difference between Office 97 and Office 2013 might be enough of a gap for some people my age.

  2. Mike »

    30 December 2014 · 11:23 am

    My dad’s not a technophobe – he spent an Easter weekend in the 60s helping upgrade the system at his stock brokerage firm. But Office 97 has met his needs for 16 years, and hopefully for years in the future.

  3. McGehee »

    30 December 2014 · 1:59 pm

    Good for him. Frankly, the feature bloat of Office is one of the reasons I bailed for OpenOffice and the LibreOffice. These days, though, I’m more likely to create a GoogleDoc.

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