Outlook 2003 and Office XP

I am running Office XP pro on most my computers.  I upgraded to Outlook 2003 when I put in my new exchange 2003 server.  The problem now is Word can not be used as my email editor and some other quirky things.  Anyone else exprience this? Please tell me Microsoft did not pull another bonehead move like office95 to office 97.  

Wouldn't you think that they could make it backwards compatible with XP word?

Any ideas on how to fix this problem?

thanks
ChrisTHallAsked:
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sunray_2003Commented:
My understanding is that if you have Outlook 2003 , You MUST HAVE Word 2003 to be used as default email editor ..
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Justin DurrantSr. Engineer - Windows Server/VirtualizationCommented:
Hi mikeopolo,

Not true.. Word is optional. We upgraded to 2003 from 97 and no issues at all.


JJ
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ChrisTHallAuthor Commented:
yea...I just did another search here and found the same thing.....you mean no one has figured a fix for it.

This is getting totally stupid with Microsoft.....I'm starting to think like everyone else and want to move away from them.  VERY VERY FAR AWAY FROM THEM!!!
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ChrisTHallAuthor Commented:
But are you using Word 97 as your default mail editor?

I have not been able to use my Word 2002 as my default editor.
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sunray_2003Commented:
ChrisTHall,

I would think the workaround is to not use word as default email editor
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ChrisTHallAuthor Commented:
but that is not a very sound work around.  I normally don't use word as my editor but many did cause of the editing features in it....including grammer checking and such.  
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sunray_2003Commented:
ChrisTHall,

You are absolutely correct that it is not a good work around. But imagine how much MS can make money out of it ..

If  you are in a company and dont mind spending extra money , you go for it ..
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ChrisTHallAuthor Commented:
well at this disappointing point...let me state the obivious... Microsoft you suck.  

thanks for the help
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SpidybotCommented:
Believe it or not: I upgraded all our Office XP machines to Outlook 2003. All have the same 'NO WORD' setting except one single pc. It still has the option faded, but it actually use Word Xp for editing.

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