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We are currently running Exchange Server 2003 and have purchased a new computer running Windows 7 Pro 32-bit and Microsoft Office Pro 2013.  Set up Outlook 2013 for the first time and received error messages regarding an unsupported system (Exchange Server 2003).  Searched the Internet and Experts Exchange for a fix/solution, but one doesn't seem to exist.  

My question is where can a get Office Professional 2010?  This Outlook version will work with Exchange Server 2003.  I'm looking for a reputable company.  Don't want to get something and pay for it, just to find out that the key doesn't work, or will expire in 30 days.  The full retain version would be great, with media and key.  I've checked with Dell, Staples, and Best Buy, but no luck.

FYI, As far as Exchange Server 2003, we are looking into other Email solutions, but probably will not be upgrading the system due to cost constraints.

Thanks,
Forwiw
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If you have an open license, I believe that you have the right to downgrade to the 2010 version and you can download it from Microsoft's licensing website. You can confirm this with Microsoft before installing. If not, then you could purchase a boxed copy of Outlook using the following amazon link.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0039L6FK6/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=31838167262&hvpos=1s4&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=273188957515325444&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_7j2mvdspzr_b
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We did not purchase Office Professional Plus, apparently Office Pro 2013 is not eligible for downgrade rights.  All software is OEM.
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Then you can make the purchase from the above link. It is backed by Amazon for any issues.
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The link took me to Outlook 2010.  Wonder if they have Office Professional 2010?
I'll search Amazon.

Really don't want to go the route of mixing Office Pro 2013 with Outlook 2010.
Don't know if that will cause any issues?
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I have run both version together without an issue and it would save you some money, but if you want to run 2010 pro, here is a link for a 1 user 2/pc box set from amazon.

You need to buy it from someone that still has it in stock, since it is not longer being made.


http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Office-Professional-2010-Version/dp/B0036Z0NW6
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Saw that Amazon has Office Pro 2010, but I'm skeptical of their 3rd party sellers.

Anyone have any other reputable companies that are selling legit Microsoft Office Professional 2010?
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Amazon guarantees anything sold by any third party merchants from there site. You are protected as if you bought from them directly.
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Thanks tercex11 for your response.
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