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What's so open about Open XML? Part 2

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Recently, I sat down with some of the minds behind Office's Open XML to talk about Open XML, the new Open XML SDK and related stuff. What's the big deal? What's so open about it? How does it represent a major shift in the way some Office applications construct and store data? What are the implications of Open XML on interoperability (do you even need Office to open an Open XML-based Office document)?

Meet Brian Jones, Senior Program Manager, Art Leonard, Developer, Kevin Boske, Program Manager and Doug Mahugh (aka Mr. Open XML), Technical Evangelist. If you want to really understand Open XML and what it means to Office programmability, then these are great people to communicate with; on their blogs, of course.

Here, you will get a taste of what Open XML unleashes for Office and non-Office developers alike and learn about the anatomy of an Open Xml document. Hint: Zip is a big part of Open XML. How so? Tune in.

This is part two of a two part interview. See part 1.

Check out the Open XML screencasts.


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  • Looks like Doug hates photoshop [6] http://youtube.com/watch?v=fR4_Vt2u4iQ Big Smile
  • Doug Mahughdmahugh Doug Mahugh, Office ​Interoperab​ility

    Thanks a lot, Jesper.  I'd hate for anyone to miss out on that video.

    By the way, I've not had that problem happen at all since Vista RTM.

  • I realy love this new XML stuff for word, as a web developer i have recived my share of images embeded in to .doc files finaly i can just pull them out with out any crap and im shure ill also be looking in to manipulating a docx file from a web script or even generating a web page directly from uploaded .docx.

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