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Microsoft Makes XML the File Format for the Next Version of Microsoft Office

Filed under: Microsoft,Web Standards — spiderwebwoman at 11:41 am on Thursday, June 2, 2005

Just days ahead of Tech·Ed 2005, Microsoft today announced that it is adopting XML as the default file format for the next major version of its Microsoft Office software, currently codenamed “Office 12.”

Mary Jo Foley reports: “The new Word, Excel and PowerPoint formats will be designated as .docx, .xlsx and .pptx , respectively. Microsoft is referring to the family of new formats as “Microsoft Office Open XML Formats.”

Microsoft is committing to publish the forthcoming XML formats and make them available under the same royalty-free license under which the current Office 2003 file formats are. Licensees will be able to integrate these formats into their servers, applications and business processes “without financial consideration to Microsoft,” according to the Redmond software vendor.”

Update: from Brian Jones’ blog: “Backward compatible: There will be updates to Office 2000, XP, and 2003 that will allow those versions to read and write this new format. You don’t have to use the new version of Office to take advantage of these formats. (I think this is really cool. I was a big proponent of doing this work).”

Way cool.

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