After updating SharePoint 2013 to November 2017 CU or later you may not be able to open documents with Office

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/rodneyviana/2017/12/05/after-updating-sharepoint-2013-to-november-2017-cu-or-later-you-may-not-be-able-to-open-documents-with-office/

This issue mostly happens if you update your sharepoint from command-line by using psconfig.exe and when you miss the correct parameters.

PSConfig.exe -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -wait -cmd applicationcontent -install -cmd installfeatures -cmd secureresources -cmd services -install

Thanks to Rodney for excellent work to detecting the issue .we have an easy workaround of this.But we don’t like much to copy/paste dlls around.

Instead of manullay copy/paste the stssoap.dll around bin folders and if you already run psconfig.exe by missing applicationcontent -install parameters , you can use following powershell commandlet ;
Install-SPApplicationContent
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/module/sharepoint-server/Install-SPApplicationContent?view=sharepoint-ps

for more information about PSCONFIGUI.EXE and PSCONFIG.EXE please read outstanding article by my colleague Stefan Gossner
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/stefan_gossner/2015/08/20/why-i-prefer-psconfigui-exe-over-psconfig-exe/

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few things you should NOT do when deploying Office Web Apps Server

First, here are a few things you should NOT do when deploying Office Web Apps Server.

  • Don’t install any other server applications on the server that’s running Office Web Apps Server. This includes Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, Lync Server, and SQL Server. If you have a shortage of servers, consider running Office Web Apps Server in a virtual machine instance on one of the servers you have.

  • Don’t install any services or roles that depend on the Web Server (IIS) role on port 80, 443, or 809 because Office Web Apps Server periodically removes web applications on these ports.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219435%28v=office.15%29.aspx

Good-bye SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Office 2003

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Support for Office 2003 products and Windows XP are ending on April 8, 2014 is today.

After this date, Office 2003 products including SharePoint Portal Server 2003 product will no longer receive the following:

  • Assisted support
  • Online content updates
  • Software updates from Microsoft Update
  • Security updates to help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information.

After 12 years, support for Windows XP , There will be no more security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system. It is very important that customers and partners migrate to a modern operating system such as Windows 8.1. Customers moving to a modern operating system will benefit from dramatically enhanced security, broad device choice for a mobile workforce, higher user productivity, and a lower total cost of ownership through improved management capabilities.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/end-of-support.aspx