by Ina Fried
Some users of an older version of Microsoft Office may find that their
protected documents are now not only protected, but completely inaccessible.
Microsoft warned on Friday that a glitch is causing users of Office 2003
to be unable to access files protected using Microsoft's Rights
The software maker acknowledged the bug on its Office Sustained
Engineering blog and said it is working to fix the issue.
Starting on December 11, 2009, customers using Office 2003 will not be
able to open Office 2003 documents protected with the Rights Management
Service (RMS) or save Office 2003 documents protected with RMS. The
following error message may be displayed when attempting to Open RMS
Documents using Office 2003: