New report on open document formats

IDC has prepared a report about the move toward open document formats such as Office Open XML and ODF. The report is based on interviews with Nordic firms, and it’s nicely open-minded, pointing out that governments have never been able to dictate standards to the marketplace and in the end it’s market forces that set…

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Arbitrary content in an OPC package

I was up early this morning playing around with some sample Open XML documents when my friend Pedro, an ISV in Portugal, sent me an email with this question: I’m trying to store a file inside the zip file (.docx), but when I open the .docx on word 2007 I get the following error message:…

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New articles on OpenXmlDeveloper.org

There are a bunch of new articles on OpenXmlDeveloper.org this week, so if you haven’t been over there for a while it’s worth taking a look. We have new contributions from developers working with Open XML in Java, C#, and C++, including general how-to info and very specific solutions, with lots of new source code…

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TechEd video interview

In Barcelona last week, Nicolas Sorel filmed me answering a few questions from Julien Chable about Open XML. It’s on Wygwam’s “The Tech-Ed – as if you were there!” page. Just click the link under my name in the list. For you French speakers, Julien also posted on his blog about the conference, including a…

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Open XML directory of articles

Last week at TechEd, I often showed developers articles on the OpenXmlDeveloper.org web site in answer to their questions. We have quite a collection of code samples on the site now, but I found it a bit clumsy to find the one I was thinking of sometimes because they’re sorted in order of publication.  So…

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Parlez-vous Français?

If you answer “oui!” you’ll want to check out a great resource for French-speaking Open XML developers on the MSDN France site. Here’s the link. The site has a growing list of source-code samples in .NET and Java, including an overview of Java manipulation of Open XML written by my friend Julien Chable. Added 11/13: the…

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Open XML Developers at TechEd

At Microsoft TechEd in Barcelona this week, two announcements were of special interest to Open XML developers: Office RTM — the 2007 Microsoft Office System has been released to manufacturing. .NET Framework 3.0 Redistributable Package — you can now distribute Open XML applications built on the System.IO.Packaging API to Windows users. Combined with the availability…

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TechEd booth duty

Halfway through the first day at TechEd/Barcelona, the Open XML booth has been a lot of fun. There’s a very wide range of awareness of Open XML among the attendees (or “delegates”). At one extreme, I’ve talked to a few people who were impressed by watching me rename a DOCX to .ZIP and drilling down…

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A lot can change in a year

It’s official as of today: the 2007 Microsoft Office System has been released to manufacturing. And coincidentally, today concludes my first year at Microsoft. The day I joined the Office evangelism team, November 7 2005, things were a bit different from today: Office 2007 was in the “dogfood” phase; the first beta version was months…

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Open XML Images: 3D effects

One of the key benefits of the Open XML file formats is that they support all of the things you can do in Office documents. If you’ve created documents in past version of Word, Excel or PowerPoint that have unusual or complex formatting, you can simply save as Open XML (the new default format) from…

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