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“Opening and saving these file types may pose a risk to you.” What else is new from Microsoft ?

Information about certain file types that are blocked after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3

OK, Microsoft is making Vista safer, making IE safer, tightening up a variety of things (usually by disabling features or prompting you to click through a nag) and yet they find it good to make sure that Office 2003 service pack three disables certain file types (they seem to all be from the competition, btw, or things they would like to kill off) with the excuse that “the parsing code that Office 2003 uses to open and save the file types is less secure.”

So, what would be wrong in fixing that code? Oh, I don’t know, maybe then people would still be able to open older word files from the early 1990s.

And, for the geekery people, yes you can change this behavior in the registry.

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