[ANN] Microsoft To Use XML as Default Format for Office 12 Documents
Hello, Allow me to highlight the latest ServerSide.Net story titled "Microsoft To Use XML as Default Format for Office 12 Documents". Paul Ballard writes: Microsoft has announced that they will be using an open XML based file format as the default storage for Office 12 Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. The schema for the documents is scheduled to be announced soon and will be openly licensed similarly to the current Office 2003 XML formats. The new documents will have extensions similar to the previous documents with an "X" at the end of the extensions, so for example Word documents will be ".docx". The files will actually contain the XML in Zip compressed format. You will be able to rename the document to ".ZIP" to view the XML. The older binary document format will still be available for those who don't choose to move to XML but the XML document will be the default format. Microsoft is planning a conversion utility to move older files to the new format in batch mode as well as viewers for older versions of Office to be able to use the new file formats. Licensing for the XML schema will be royalty-free. Microsoft Office 12 is scheduled to ship in the last half of 2006. To learn more about Office 12 Open XML Format, visit Brian Jones' Blog Full story @ http://www.theserverside.net/news/thread.tss?thread_id=34286 - Gerald __________________________ United XAML | http://unitedxaml.org XAML Forum & News | http://xamlnews.com
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