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Forum Thread: Why is PPV 2003 marked "end of life" ?

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Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2003

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corby Why is PPV 2003 marked "end of life" ?
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I haven't found anything from Microsoft that says PPV 2003 is End of Life. Yes, they do have a newer PPV, but I still don't find anything that suggests the 2003 version is EOL. Is there a KB or other vendor documentation that says the 2003 version is no longer supported?

Also, I would think Microsoft Update would offer up the newer version if the older version is EOL.

Having PSI call it EOL is causing alot of confusion for users on what to do, because there's no automated update from Microsoft or PSI that replaces the offending file. (Yes, I understand how to rename the file so PSI doesn't flag it anymore)

Even manually installing the new version doesn't automatically remove the 2003 version from the system.

TiMow RE: Why is PPV 2003 marked "end of life" ?
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PPV 2003 is E-o-L because it's been replaced by PPV 2007, downloaded from the following link (if M$ Update doesn't download/install it):

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx...

The old PPV 2003 should be in the Office11 folder where it can be deleted or renamed by adding " _old " after PPTVIEW.

The only complication is whether or not you have the paid M$ Office suite, or PPV is stand alone - this relates to requirement of the Office11 folder.

TiMow

EDIT: If using a Dell PC, there has been an embedded version of PPV 2003 in Dell MediaDirect, which cannot be updated unless MediaDirect is updated. If using a Dell, check the installation path.

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corby RE: Why is PPV 2003 marked "end of life" ?
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Yes, I understand there's a newer version. But I haven't seen anything that says the 2003 version is no longer supported.

In fact, the 2003 version was updated last month.

What vendor documentation says it won't be updated in the future?

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ddmarshall RE: Why is PPV 2003 marked "end of life" ?
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I haven't been able to find an announcement about PPV 2003 being end of life. But it is no longer available on the Download Centre.
The November Security Bulletin has been revised and now only refers to PowerPoint Viewer 2007 SP2 (KB2413381). There is an update for PowerPoint 2003 SP3 which includes a version of PPTVIEW.exe dated January 2010 (KB2413304).
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin...
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2458112/en-us?spid...
All very confusing.

There is also a 2010 version available from the Download Centre
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx...

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Last edited on 17th Dec, 2010 09:43 Hi,

Our criteria for marking software as End-Of-Life is rather simple: Either the vendor outright states that the product is no longer supported (As in this case), or they simply stop releasing critical updates for that version.

Microsoft has stated that PPV 2003 is no longer supported
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In accordance with the Microsoft Product Lifecycle Policy, we are now providing notice that the Excel Viewer 2003 and Word Viewer 2003 web downloads will leave support on December 31st, 2009. Notice was previously provided on the PowerPoint Viewer 2003 download page that the PowerPoint Viewer 2003 will be retired on October 16th, 2009.
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http://blogs.technet.com/b/office_sustained_engine...
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976881


Please note that this only applies to the stand-alone versions of PPV 2003, and not Microsoft Offie/Powerpoint 2003, which is still supported.
Hope this helps.
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ddmarshall RE: Why is PPV 2003 marked "end of life" ?
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The Technet blog also states that:

The version of PowerPoint Viewer 2003 that is included with PowerPoint 2003 and used in the “Package for CD” feature will continue to be supported.


This is what is causing the confusion, because the PSI is picking this up and flagging it as end of life. There doesn't seem to be any way to distinguish between the two cases as they use the same program name and reside it the same file. Should users of PowerPoint 2003 create an ignore rule for the viewer and hope that any missing updates would be detected through PowerPoint itself?

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