What Versions of Microsoft Office Work with Windows 8?

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What Versions of Microsoft Office Don’t Work with Windows 8?

After the official release of Windows 8, many users noticed that the operating system supports almost all applications and games that were supported by Windows 7. Even though the interface of this new Windows operating system is different as compared to the interfaces of earlier versions of the OS, the fundamental concepts of Microsoft platform is still the same.

Apart from many third-party and Microsoft-based applications, most Microsoft Office packages are also compatible with Windows 8. However in order to wipe out some earlier and obsolete versions of MS Office packages from the market, Microsoft has designed Windows 8 in such a way that it is does not support a few legacy versions of Microsoft Office.

The entire compatibility list of supported and non-supported Microsoft Office packages with Windows 8 can be found by going to the Microsoft’s official Windows Compatibility Center page. Windows Compatibility Center page allows users to sort the displayed results of the compatible Microsoft Office packages as per the relevance, brand name (ascending/descending order), product name (ascending /descending order).

While going through the results on the Windows Compatibility Center page, the versions of Microsoft Office packages that have Windows 8 logo or a green check mark in a circle represent that the version of MS Office is compatible with Windows 8. On the other hand, the version of MS Office that has red X in front of its name represents that the package is not compatible with Windows 8 operating system. Examples of such incompatible MS Office packages are Microsoft Office 2003 and Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition.

How Do I View the Compatibility of Microsoft Office Packages For Windows 8?

To view the compatibility of Microsoft Office packages for Windows 8, follow the instructions below:

  • Log on to Windows 8 computer with the administrator or standard user account.
  • Make sure that the computer is connected to an active Internet connection.
  • Click Desktop tile from the Start screen to go to the desktop window.
  • Once on the desktop screen, click Internet Explorer icon from the taskbar.
  • On the Internet Explorer window, copy and paste the following link in the address bar: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/compatibility/win8/CompatCenter/Home.
  • On the webpage of the opened website, type MS Office in the Enter product name field, and click Search.
  • From the displayed results, view the information about the MS Office packages that are not compatible, and as well as about the ones that are compatible with Windows 8.
  • Close Internet Explorer window when done.