Updating the Custom XML Scanning Tool

A while back I posted a scanning tool to detect the presense of Custom XML Markup in Open XML documents. I wanted to provide an update for this tool to reflect the new Open XML SDK 2.0. The scanning tool has been recompiled against the new version of the SDK and should work a little…


Welcome Back

Resurfacing, It has been several months since I last posted. I have spent that time transitioning to a new role in Office sustaining engineering. I am the proud owner of a new title, I changed my office, my boss, my commitments, bought a mini-van and played 30,000 more songs on my Zune. My new team…


A New Challenge

A great thing about Microsoft as an employee is the ability to manage one’s own career and to invest in one’s own development by seeking new opportunities and experiences. Role changes at Microsoft are common, part of the unique cultural fabric that exists within our company. Today I find myself in this situation. I have…

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Open XML SDK 2.0 Released

On February 21, 2008, I posted on Microsoft Interoperability Principles, which are designed to make our products more open and more available to the broader software community. Since that day, Microsoft has made several strides in this area, too many to recount here and now, but largely explained by the Interoperability@Microsoft team. Today we are…


Office Developer Atlas

If you are new to Office development, or are if you are looking to learn more about what’s new in Office 2010 for Developers, we have a new tool available for you. Today we are publishing the Office Developer Atlas, a tool for self-training on Office 2010 development. This is a great resource for you…

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Office 2010 Application Compatibility Tools Bug Hunt

Hello, this is Michael Kiselman again with exciting news related to the Office 2010 compatibility program and tools. We have many participants using and testing the Application Compatibility tools for Office 2010. Thus far we have received much feedback from the community and are making improvements to the tools as a result of that feedback….

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Office 2010 Application Compatibility Tools Bug Hunt Sweepstakes Official Rules

MICROSOFT OFFICE 2010 APPLICATION COMPATABILITY TOOLS SWEEPSTAKES OFFICIAL RULES     NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.    PLEASE NOTE:  It is your sole responsibility to review and understand your employer’s policies regarding your eligibility to participate in trade promotions.  If you are participating in violation of your employer’s policies, you may be disqualified from entering or receiving…


Open XML SDK Code behind the Custom XML Markup Detection Tool

On Brian Jones’ blog today, Zeyad Rajabi has posted the source code for the Custom XML Markup Detection tool from my last post. This should give readers a bit more insight into what it is looking for to identify affected documents. The source is provided to you as an example of the Open XML SDK’s…


Scanning Tool to Detect Custom XML Markup in .DOCX and .DOCM files

Quick Start The Installer is located here. (update: A new version of the installer is here: http://blogs.technet.com/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer-Components-PostAttachments/00-03-35-69-65/Custom-XML-Markup-Detection-Tool-Setup.zip) Background readingWhat is Custom XML- … and the impact of the i4i judgment on Word, Regarding Custom XML Patch distribution and availability, Associating Data with Content Controls,Using Content Controls vs. Custom XML Elements, After we made a patch available…

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Off Topic: Check out the Office Ribbon Hero

Taking a break from Custom XML for a moment. more posts on the topic are imminent. Jennifer Michelstein announced the Office Ribbon Hero today, a fun thing you can install with Office 2007 or the 2010 beta to test your depth of usage of Office. The challenge, of course, is for you to beat me….