“Microsoft said Thursday that it will introduce new XML-based file formats for its Excel, PowerPoint and Word applications when the company launches its Office 12 software package next year,” Matt Hines reports for CNET News. “Company officials said the move to replace Microsoft’s traditional binary file formats with XML-based versions as the default in Office 12 will let people more easily share information.” Full article here.
“Rick Shaut, a member of the Macintosh Office team, wrote in his Web log that the Macintosh version of Office 12 will also support the Office Open XML format announced Thursday for its Windows counterpart. He called the new features an ‘enormous undertaking’ by Microsoft’s Mac Business Unit, and admitted they had fallen behind on XML support within the Office Suite. Also, for the first time in the history of Microsoft, both Windows and Mac units will be implementing major architectural changes to the software simultaneously,” Ed Oswald reports for BetaNews. “‘This means that Mac Office 12 will ship some time after Win Office 12, however I’m not at liberty to discuss projected ship dates or the currently planned delta between Win Office 12 and Mac Office 12,’ Shaut wrote.” Full article here.
“Mac Office 12 will support the new file formats as well. Also, as with Win Office, we’ll be producing converters for Office X and Office 2004. Some details have yet to be fully finalized, but we expect to ship converters that will provide full round-trip support for the new file formats in Office X and Office 2004,” Shaut wrote in his blog. Full article here.