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  • Happy 2010, now back to 2003.

    Happy New Year and congrats on having more than a month already down in 2010! (Yeah, it's late. Hopefully the tie-in pays off.) January 30, 2010 marks 3 years since Office 2007 came out. The question I propose, can we finally stop forcing the default for users to be the 2003 format?

    The Office 2007 Open XML format has many features over the previous formats including file size and security: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa338205.aspx

    People using older versions of Office can open the newer formats using the free add-on from Microsoft. All staff computers should have Office 2007 at this point and employees can install Office 2007 at home free by picking up the install CD from the Help Desk.

    If not now, then when?

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rslater@illinois.edu Feb 10, 2010 11:30 am quote
Very timely post, as John and I where just discussing a similar issue- configuring openCMS to start serving file in the Office 2007 format. We didn't before because we also feared people tossing files out on the web the most people wouldn't be able to access. I'm with you- I think that maybe enough time has passed that we can consider Office 2007 formats as common enough to use- just it time for us to start suppressing use of Office 2010 files! :P
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strutz@illinois.edu Feb 10, 2010 1:33 pm quote
There has also been a seamless conversion tool for Office 2003 that will open 2007 format files without any problems. You can't save as 2007 format, but that's rarely an issue. Open Office and Star Office (and I think Google Docs) also support the 2007 format. So the real issue is, are we ready to kick Office XP and Office 2000 to the curb? I, for one, welcome our new non-ODF compliant overlords.
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rslater@illinois.edu Feb 10, 2010 2:17 pm quote
Do you think ODT support is universal enough to supplant RTF yet? Should we be telling everyone (or forcing it through policies) to make the default file format for all Office Apps be their ODF versions? Or at least ODT for Word (since there seem to still be issues with formulas and some other issues with ODF spreadsheets)?

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