Woohoo! This is great news. Many times I have spoken to ISVs and SIs wanting to build Office 2003 XML integration solutions for the small business market or the education market who were disappointed that the arbitrary XML, Smart Document and VSTO technologies are only available in Office 2003 Professional Edition or standalone versions. Those with the Small Business Edition or Student/Teacher Edition miss out.
So I am delighted with the announcement at PDC today that the Office team have decided to make the XML features of Office 12 available in all editions of the product. 🙂