Week off

As I just mentioned in a comment I left in last week's post, I'm actually attempting to take a bit of a break this week. We actually wrapped up the development work on Office 2007 last Friday. It's been a huge release, and it's really exciting to see it finally go out the door. I've been working on these file formats for years now, and it's going to be fun to see this release wrap up. I need a vacation 🙂

I didn't want to be totally lame though and not blog at all, so here are a few interesting things I wanted to point out:

  • Office 2007 released to manufacturing - it's been a lot of hard work, but it's been worth it.

  • Save Open XML from Older versions of Office - since it's just a web release, you can already get the final version of the free updates that allows older versions of Office to open and save in the Office Open XML format (before Office 2007 is available). This latest release allows you to save using the final 1.5 version of the Ecma working draft (which will be up for a final approval vote by the Ecma General Assembly in about a month).

  • Latest version of the ODF to Open XML translator available - The team working on this open source project has announced an updated release of the translator is now available. It sounds like they are pretty much done with the ODF to Open XML conversion for wordprocessing documents, and they even have a prototype going the other way (Open XML to ODF). Another really funny thing they found when testing this tool was that while Google claims ODF support in google docs, they actually are supporting the old star office XML format, but putting the ODF extension on it.


Comments (6)
  1. Are there are any plans for Word 2007 (XML) Viewer?

  2. sinleeh says:

    Have a good time and congratulations on Office RTM

  3. Jon says:


    I’m fairly certain I read somewhere that once you have installed the Convertor for 2000/XP/2003 the current Word Viewer application can open the docs. (Use the link above [Save Open XML from Older versions of Office])

    Hope this helps.


  4. Jon. says:

    Just found this on the [Save Open XML from Older versions of Office] download page! 🙂

    The Compatibility Pack can also be used in conjunction with the Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003, and PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to view files saved in these new formats. For more information about the Compatibility Pack, see Knowledge Base article 923505.

  5. A Chinese Open XML developer says:

    First, Office2007 RTM, Congratulations!

    Second, I found some problems in programming Open XML Format and where can i ask these questions?

    However, my urgent problem is why the most of attributes in SpreadsheetML produced by B2TR without a namespace? For example:


    <xdr:cNvPr id="2" name="Rectangle 1"/>



    What’s the id and name’s namespace? As the XML Infoset 1.0 said, any attribute name without a namespace should be a global name, neither the xdr:id nor the a:id.

    I think it’s an illegal XML file and it’s hard to deduce the namespace.

    Will Excel fix this defect in future edition or there are some rules for deducing it?

  6. dmahugh says:

    FYI, you can post questions like these in the forums section over on http://www.openxmldeveloper.org.

    – Doug

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