Office 2003 XML file formats

While responding to an earlier comment, I came across a nice write-up from Mike Gunderloy of Microsoft’s recent decision to license the XML schemas used by Office 2003 apps.  There was a lot of news coverage when the Office team filed patents to cover these file formats, but they did establish a program to license out the schemas, royalty-free, regardless of patent status.

Mike raises some issues with some terms of the license, but this is certainly a significant shift from the policy on the .doc and .xls file formats.

Has anyone made use of these schemas and the licensing program thus far?

Comments (3)

  1. If the reason for patenting is to prevent the Office clones to spawn a boatload of only slightly modified versions of the original file format (an expectation which isn’t so unlikely), then I can understand it partly.