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Industry IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users:
Microsoft Adopts Open Office Document Format
 
Posted 14 years ago on 11/18/2006
Take Away: After years of locking up the Office document formats in proprietary binary forms, MS is adopting an XML-based industry standard with Office 2007!
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I'm so excited about this I can hardly stand it!

I was poking around Microsoft's web site, looking into Atlas (MS's incarnation of AJAX), when I stumbled across this:
 
 
To quote from this article,
 
"In the 2007 Microsoft Office system, Microsoft has taken this idea much further by adopting the Office Open XML file formats for the documents used by Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007."
 
"The Office Open XML file formats are on their way to becoming a published European Computer Manufacturers Association (ECMA) standard. You can read more about the ongoing standardization process, download the latest draft of the Office Open XML file formats specification, and find other great online resources at openxmldeveloper.com."
 
This is fantastic news for any developers tasked with creating applications that generate - or render -complex documents, and need to do so in a manner compatible with popular desktop applications.
 
Thanks to Sun's generosity with their Open Office Suite, we no longer have to tell our customers that they must have Microsoft's products installed in order to take advantage of our documents.
 
I commend Microsoft for this initiative.  I think it'll go a long way toward changing minds about "The Evil Empire."
 
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Blog Contributed By Wes Peterson:

Wes Peterson is a Senior Programmer Analyst with Prestwood IT Solutions where he develops custom Windows software and custom websites using .Net and Delphi. When Wes is not coding for clients, he participates in this online community. Prior to his 10-year love-affair with Delphi, he worked with several other tools and databases. Currently he specializes in VS.Net using C# and VB.Net. To Wes, the .NET revolution is as exciting as the birth of Delphi.

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