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 and SharePoint 2010 Highlights from SharePoint Conference

SharePoint Conference was a very busy time for us. We were finally able to pull back the curtain on many of the capability areas of 2010, and for a lot of folks, this was the first opportunity to see what all the excitement is about. There is a lot of buzz about Office and SharePoint…



There’s no doubt that Microsoft offers perhaps the best benefits package in this industry, particularly for those people with families. One of those benefits related to child birth is an extended paternity leave which goes well above and beyond what is minimally required within FMLA. After the birth of our second child, I was fortunate…


Office 2007 SP2 and PDF version support – @Pot&Kettle

I wanted to discuss a specific coverage area for Office 2007 SP2. I was recently directed toward the Acrobat Team blog, which is pointing out some of the differences between Adobe Acrobat 9 and Office 2007 SP2. As explained in the post, Adobe has worked hard to add value to the Office platform with the Acrobat…


Office 2007 Service Pack 2 Kiosk, with more staples

Read this first if you’re looking for SP2 details: Office 2007 Service Pack 2 is getting quite a bit of attention, it is great to see. There has been world-wide traffic coming to my blog, and I’m sure that Doug’s, Tom Robertson’s, Sustaining Engineering, and other posts are getting lots of traffic as well….


Office 2007 Service Pack 2 Kiosk

UPDATE: The links for the downloads for SP2 are in the process of replicating across mirrors for our WW download center. The download links are expected to be live at around 11:00AM PDT.   Update: The download links for SP2 are now live. The Office development team has been pretty busy with the Service Pack 2 release…


Document Encryption in Office 2007 with Open XML

I was asked recently to comment on “security” of Office 2007. Conversations like this tend to unfold in a certain way… which is to play a fun game of Technology-Tennis, where we volley questions back and forth until we get at the root of the thing… although I’ve never understood why the grunting is necessary….


Redmond ODF workshop feels pretty good

You’ll see some blog traffic on this, so I thought I’d throw my own log onto the fire. I attended the ODF workshop yesterday, mainly to sit in the back and watch how things unfolded, but also to learn a little bit myself. I must say that after the conclusion of the event, I was…


Microsoft adds “Save as ODF” to Office 2007 Service Pack 2

Updated. April 28, 2009. Office 2007 SP2 is available for download. For more information:  For those of you who have been following the file format issue for a while, you’ll recognize today’s action by Microsoft as another significant step forward in enabling interoperability. This hopefully sends a signal (again) to our customers that we…


DAISY Translator Released!

The Open XML to DAISY Translator is available in release form now. You can download the tool and install it for yourself. It really is great to see this come to fruition. We are grateful for our partnership with DAISY, they have been very helpful in educating us on the best ways to support users…