Microsoft Office XML Formats
The role of XML in Microsoft Office
Transitioning to open file formats
Benefits of the Microsoft Office XML Formats
File format compatibility and deployment
Resources and additional information
The Role of XML in Office Built -by design-for Interoperability
Achieve industry alignment using standardized technologies
Enable data interoperability between documents, applications and systems
Capture and reuse information to and from many data sources
Build intelligent applications that improve data context and quality

Transitioning to Open file formats
Advocating customer choice for file format usage
Broad array of open file formats are required to address the total need
Broad array of open file formats expands integration opportunities
Utilize current broad-use file formats in addition to developing standards
Migrating existing documents to XML-based document formats
Potentially impacts billions of documents over the past 10 – 20 years
Support across many applications and systems must be enabled
Layout, presentation and data integrity are mandatory during conversions
Maintaining the fundamentals
XML migration should not sacrifice performance, file size, or security
Conversion tools available for users and for converting legacy documents
Microsoft Office XML Formats A new, XML-based file format for Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Open, transparent file formats improve interoperability
Ecma Open XML Formats on track for standardization
Office XML Formats provide XML-based formats for templates, add-ins, macro-enabled documents and more
Royalty-free format licenses enable integration by any technology provider
Compact, robust file format
ZIP compression of the format reduces file sizes
Segmented data storage improves data recovery and the ability for developers access to file contents programmatically
Full support for compatibility, migration and deployment
New file formats are now default file formats
Backward compatible to Office 2000 with addition of compatibility pack
Bulk conversion tools available
New Word, PowerPoint, Excel Formats
Office XML Formats Architecture Modular format improves developer capabilities with minimal user impact
Improved Integration Enabling access to document contents through XML architecture
Compact File Format File size reduction due to ZIP compression
Dramatic file size improvements
Robust File Format Enabling safer documents and improved corruption recovery
Modular architecture improves recovery of corrupt files
A damaged object no longer destroys the entire file
Making documents safer
Easily scanned for specific content
Format architecture enables programmatic detection and removal of any personally identifiable information, comments, tracked changes
No VBA code in documents by default; Optional solution format supports VBA
Migration to new format without Object model changes
Royalty-free File Format Licensing
Office File Format Licensing
Royalty-free license for XML file formats
Royalty-free license for Binary file formats
Fundamentals of Office file format licensing
The technical documentation is available for anyone
The schemas are based on the W3C XML standard
The license is royalty-free
The license is perpetual
The license is very brief and available to everyone
Ecma Open XML Formats
The goal of the Ecma Committee is to produce a formal standard for office productivity applications which is fully compatible with the Office Open XML Formats.

The aim is to enable the implementation of the Office Open XML Formats by a wide set of tools and platforms in order to foster interoperability across office productivity applications and with line-of-business systems.

Ecma will also be responsible for the ongoing maintenance and evolution of the standard.
Ecma Open XML Formats Co-Sponsors
Barclays Capital
British Library
Intel Corporation
Microsoft Corporation
NextPage Inc.
Statoil ASA
Building Open Communities
Formed to provide Open XML Formats developers with a forum for the free exchange of ideas, tips and tools related to Open XML Formats development

Open to anyone free of charge to enable broad participation and development of solutions using the Open XML Formats on any platform
File Format Compatibility Ensuring Free Document Exchange With Prior Office Releases
Office 2000, XP, 2003 will open, edit and save new Office formats
Will recognize new Word, Excel and PowerPoint file format extensions
Will save back to the new format when a file is edited
Office 2007 users can change the default file format if desired
Current .doc, .xls, .ppt file formats will be supported in Office 12
Default file format can be set by users during deployment or after
File Format Compatibility
Enforcing Compatibility Mode
Artwork, Charts, Diagrams use Office 2000-2003 format
Office 2007 features disallowed by Office 2007 interface
Compatibility Checker identifies incompatible features
Enabled for Office 2003 AND Office 2007 formats
File Format Deployment
Office Migration Planning Manager Proactively Identify File Format Issues
For more information
Microsoft Office 2007 system preview

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