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Microsoft facing criticism for Office 2003 SP3 File Format Blocking

Microsoft is facing criticism from a competitor as some customers for its decision to block some older file formats with Office 2003 Service Pack 3, which it released last September.

The only non-Microsoft file format that was blocked by Service Pack 3 was CorelDraw .CDR files.

“CorelDraw users can rest assured that they can still use the CorelDraw Graphics Suite normally on a system where Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3 has been installed,” Gerard Metrallier, Corel’s director of graphics product management, said in a statement released January 3

“This update from Microsoft does not impact CorelDraw at all or the capability of opening .CDR files from within CorelDraw or from Windows Explorer,” he said.

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