Useful Open XML Information for January 30th

Every day I run across a great deal of useful data for Open XML, so I thought I’d share some of that: David Overton recaps the KB articles that describe how to get Open XML documents indexed using various Microsoft server platforms: Jasper Hedegaard Bojsen discusses (refutes) the idea that Open XML ISO ratification will…


Does Office 2007 work on Windows XP? Yes, it does.

Yes, Office 2007 is fully supported when used with Windows XP. This question is one I’d heard a few times in the past week; there is a lingering perception that Vista is required to use the 2007 versions of the products. Rest assured, this is not the case. System requirements are posted here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products/HA101668651033.aspx

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“Notes” from the Open XML Battlefront: IBM vs. IBM, part 2

Stephen McGibbon pointed me toward an interesting development for the IBM products announced at Lotusphere: “But IBM will support Open XML, which is the current document format in Office 2007, in its Lotus collaboration and portal products. IBM already supports older versions of Office.” So claims an article posted today on News.com. We’ve seen a…

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Virtualization Progress

http://www.microsoft.com/MAP http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization Microsoft has announced a Solution Accelerator for Virtualization in advance of the Windows Server 2008 launch. This solution accelerator includes material on Application Virtualization, which is relevant to the Office client products. This is an area of interest that has been increasing in our enterprise customer segment for a while. Virtualization is an…


Speaking of odd contradictions…

Today is just one of those days where you see a lof of strangeness, I guess. Not trying to pick a fight here, but I can’t help but point out the apparent contrast between this: http://www.sutor.com/newsite/blog-open/?p=1145 “That means that other products and software, in practice, will NOT be able to understand arbitrary Open XML that might…

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NOOOXML says: “Down with XML”

I was recently pointed to a presentation about Open XML that raised my curiosity. It found its way to me because it included my picture, but the content is what’s on my mind. I take the Open XML discussion pretty seriously; I’ve had very interesting and stimulating discussions about Open XML with a lot of…

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More on the Open XML to DAISY Translator

Some things are just good no matter how you look at them. Managing macro-size products can be strange sometimes, because you lose perspective on individuals. Product managers spend a lot of time (at least the good ones do) trying to connect with people to get a tactile “feel” for what their product does, how it…

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Regarding Brian Jones’ blog on Binary Document Formats

Brian is in a unique position of being a TC-45 member and Microsoft employee, and his post really illustrates how much work has to go into the Ecma efforts around ISO standardization. I’ve been in the trenches with Brian on file formats for quite a while now; I’ve seen how hard the work is. I…

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What does 2008 look like?

I don’t have the type of job where I distill global economic indicators into sound bites and loose predictions, but I do spend cycles trying to understand what people are going to be thinking about in the future. For any software product manager, keeping an eye on “.next” is as important as any other part…

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