Microsoft Word is down

No, not your install. Not the person’s in the next cubicle over, or the version used at company headquarters. I mean Microsoft Word, as in the software.

Affected software versions include Microsoft Word 2000, Microsoft Word 2002, Microsoft Office Word 2003, Microsoft Word Viewer 2003, Microsoft Word 2004 for Mac and Microsoft Word 2004 v. X for Mac. The Microsoft Works 2004, 2005 and 2006 suites are also affected because they include Microsoft Word. There are no pre-patch workarounds available.

But this is the part I love:

Microsoft suggests that users “not open or save Word files,” even from trusted sources.

Like I said…Microsoft Word is down.

UPDATE: After hearing this, my incredulous, cynical self thought that this might be a ploy by Microsoft to get businesses to quickly upgrade to Vista/latest Office version. But half those business would have to buy new computers first. So much for conspiracy theories.

UPDATE 2: And no fix in sight.

UPDATE 3: Patch Tuesday came, but don’t open Word just yet.

UPDATE 4: By the time the patch comes, it may be useless.