Before You Install Time Matters 12 SP2
Time Matters 12 Service Pack 2 is scheduled for release in July 2013. Make sure that you won't be surprised when you install Time Matters 12 SP2.
Here is a chart showing what works with what:
Do you need to upgrade MS Word 2003 and Outlook 2003?
Yes. If you are on Word 2003 or Outlook 2003 and use the Time Matters links: TM Save, TM Connect, etc. Microsoft's mainstream support for Office 2003 ended in 2009. Time Matters 12 Service Pack 2 will not support links to MS Office 2003 programs.
You need to upgrade to at least MS Office 2007 SP2 for links to work in Time Matters 12 Service Pack 2.
For example, let's say you need to replace a computer and need MS Word. You either buy MS Office 2013 or subscribe to Microsoft Office 365 (which bundles the Word 2013 software and other programs). That computer will need to run Time Matters 12 Service Pack 2 for the Time Matters links to work.
If you have other computers still running Office 2003, their Time Matters links won't work because you had to upgrade to Time Matters 12 Service Pack 2. So you need to upgrade all computers to Office 2007, 2010 or 2013.
Word 2003 Menus in Word 2007, 2010 or 2013
Many users find it hard to switch from Word 2003 because of the big changes in the menus. To make it much easier, you can buy Classic Menu for Word 2010 and 2013 for $15 or less for multiple licenses. More...
Or if you are going to use Word 2007, you can buy ToggleToolbar for $19.95.
Do you need to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8?
If you have any Windows XP computers still running MS Office 2003 and cannot upgrade them to MS Office 2007 or 2010, then your best bet is to replace the computers. If you have Office 2007 or 2010 software that you can install on your Windows XP computers, great.
If you do not have Office 2007 or 2010 software for your Windows XP computers, you would have to pay $300 to $400 from relatively unknown Internet vendors to get one of those older version. Microsoft and major resellers only offer Office 2013 for sale and it cannot be installed on Windows XP.
Bear in mind that it is not legal to transfer an Office 2007 or 2010 license that was sold with a computer to another computer.