Today, Microsoft announced that Office will have a new XML file format. This format will have an open schema so any developer can incorporate Office data into their applications. The new extensions will be DOCX for Word, XLSX for Excel and PPTX for PowerPoint. This marks a dramatic shift for Microsoft who always held their Office file formats close to the vest. Another interesting tidbit is that the new format will be one quarter the size of the current format. This is because the XML and other files will be placed in a zip container. The new XML format will be made available for Office 2000, Office XP and Office 2003. There’s a thirty minute video on Channel 9 explaining the whole thing. Via Scoble.
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