Pros haven't found any yet
Cons screws up your whole system; Not compatible with Adobe Acrobat 5.0 and earlier; Takes more than 2 minutes to open a document; The fix for the delayed opening of documents doesn't work
Summary I only upgraded from Office2000 because the computers on which I have to give my lectures have a newer version. I suspect they probably have OfficeXP. If you are in education or work at a University, you can get OfficeXP for $27 plus $8 shipping at Journeyed.com.
Here are the problems I've had in upgrading to Office2003. My scanner no longer works. It takes over 2 minutes to open a document in any office program.
You can see that Microsoft knows of this problem, by looking at article#839883 on Microsoft's site. They say there is a hotfix for it. I got the supposed hotfix and followed all instructions on the article page.
First of all when I tried to install the hotfix, I got the message that I already have a newer version of the service pack running.
Followed other instructions on the article page - changing registry.
Still takes >2 minutes to open a document.
Told Microsoft this and now they want me to pay for support. Incredible. They sell me something that makes my computer WORSE and they want me to pay more!!!!!!!!!!!
I've already spent another $100 to pay for a new version of Adobe Acrobat, because 5.0 is not compatible with Office2003.
Now I find out that other departments in our School of Medicine are not installing Office2003 because there are too many BUGS.
My advice: Do NOT buy this product.
Pros Better support with HTML/XML/Web pages/sites, Publisher and Business Contact Manager for Outlook not included in XP but included in 2003
Cons FrontPage is not included.
Summary Microsoft Office Professional 2003 delivers on its title's promise, and is useful for everyone, not just the professional user. This version/edition of Microsoft Office includes everything (or at least, almost everything) you need to get along with home and work. Unfortunately, the six programs that are included in the package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and Publisher) are bundled with FrontPage (the best program for building web sites) only in Microsoft Office XP Professional Special Edition. However, if you are not building web sites, you might not need FrontPage ang get along with this. If you are, then you can purchase FrontPage 2003 separately. Business Contact Manager, a new technology included only beginning with 2003, is a must-have for business. Moreover, this suite should be given due consideration. Indeed, this is the best Office suite out on the market now, especially when used with FrontPage 2003 (details above).