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Office 2013 Open to XML

Over the weekend I read Kurt Mackie's story about Microsoft finally supporting the Open XML file format with Office 2013, and I scratched my increasing gray haired head. Didn't Microsoft already do this? Can't I save as Open Document Text? This is an XML format used by OpenOffice. Here is some good background  info from an old friend on all this.

What Microsoft is talking about now is the Open XML standard -- a higher level standard it apparently promised to support some years ago. I won't bore you will all the details, despite their soap opera qualities, but the battles over these document standards have been grueling. Here's hoping that full Open XML support finally puts an end to the bickering and actually allow us to share files between different systems both easily and at a deep level. If we can accomplish that, maybe we can apply that to different version of Word!

What do you make of all this? Send text only to dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 08/20/2012 at 1:19 PM


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