MS Office 2003 gets its first update

The update fixes a problem that can occur when a user opens or saves a PowerPoint 2003, Word 2003, or Excel 2003 file that contains an “OfficeArt” element that was modified and saved in an earlier version of Office, Microsoft said in a support article posted on its Web site.

OfficeArt is a feature in Office that allows users to design three-dimensional effects, shadows, multicolored files, textures, and Bezier curves.

The earlier versions of Office can make changes to an Office 2003 file with OfficeArt that cause problems when the file subsequently is used in Office 2003 applications, Microsoft said. The document may not open completely or open with missing content, or it may be corrupted, or the user may see an error message, Microsoft said.

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