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The Office Web Components (OWC) are delivered in several products and through download from the Microsoft Download Center. This has affected the way this group of products is maintained and updated. This article describes the different versions of Office Web Components that are available and the way that they will be updated. Office Web Components are most frequently used to develop custom applications, especially Web applications.
The Office Web Components technology is deprecated. This means that only security fixes are being made to all versions of OWC, and no future versions of OWC will be produced. If you are using OWC, you should start to migrate to a new technology as soon as possible. For more information, see the blog post, "Office Web Components Roadmap." Be aware that the life-cycle dates that are listed in that blog post are less detailed than the life-cycle dates that are described here. For more information about the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy, visit the following Microsoft Support Lifecycle Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;en-us;lifecycle&SD=gn&LN=en-usThere are three versions of Office Web Components:
Each version of OWC, and this includes the re-releases, is supported according to the version of Office with which it shipped. Therefore, the version of Office 2000 Web Components that shipped with Office 2000 is in extended support until Office 2000 leaves extended support on July 14, 2009. However, the version of Office 2000 Web Components that shipped with Office XP is in extended support until Office XP leaves extended support on July 12, 2011. This same rule applies to the other versions of OWC. The following table lists the support milestone dates and release locations for all the different versions of OWC:
For more information about the support life cycle of Microsoft Office products, visit the following Web site:
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Office XP Tool: Web Components
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