When someone tries to open a document from Word 2000, this message will appear.
If you will be sharing documents with a lot of people, there are methods you'll want to know about. Let's go through a few scenarios that you may find yourself in as you use the new version of Word.
Suppose you are using the new file format, either by creating new documents and saving them, or by upgrading them using the Convert command on the menu that opens from the Microsoft Office Button.
Suppose your friend, John, has an older version of Word that came with Office 2000. You want to e-mail him your latest document. Will he be able to open it?
Yes, he will. When John clicks the document, if his Office 2000 installation is updated with the latest patches and service packs, he will be asked if he wants to download a converter that will let him open your document.
Now, the document John opens won't look exactly the same as the one you made, because there are many features in your new version of Word that don't exist in his version. Still, he can open it, and will be able to work with it and send it back to you.
Note The converter works only with Office 2000 SP3, Office XP SP3, and Office 2003 SP1. It works only on the following operating systems: Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP SP1, and Windows Server 2003.