Recently there has been a flurry of talk about the recent judgment against Microsoft and its using the XML Format in their documents. In fact, the default format for Word files since Office 2007 has been ‘docx’ — the “x” referring to XML features in the document.
XML in Word documents is a seldom used feature that only a few people understand. But most of us have been saving our home business documents in the default ‘docx’ format (you have to go out of your way to save files in other formats).
Microsoft will send out a patch to strip the XML features in Word and will effectively comply with the court order. But there has been some misunderstanding about what that means and many people are asking: Will the ‘docx’ files still open? The answer according to ChannelRegister is:
After this patch is installed, Word will no longer read the Custom XML elements contained within DOCX, DOCM, or XML files,” said Microsoft in an advisory note to its OEM channel back in October. These files will continue to open, but any Custom XML elements will be removed. The ability to handle custom XML markup is typically used in association with automated server based processing of Word documents. Custom XML is not typically used by most end users of Word.
In other words, the patch should have no effect on your home based business documents unless you are among the few who actually use the XML features in Word. So Word up!