Yesterday was the first presentation I gave on the new file formats since we made our announcement last week. It was a lot of fun. I focused a lot on just explaining what’s really going on with the new formats and what kind of an impact it will have. I also showed a few demos using an early version of the patches that will be available for the older versions of Office. I was using Office 2003 with the patch applied which allowed me to open and save files in the new format, so I could show the following:
The demos actually turned our really great, especially considering how we still have a long way to go in the development cycle. There was a great mix of people at the presentation which shows how big of a deal this is, and how it has a huge impact on a broad range of areas. There were people concerned about deployment and user impact, and others curious about what type of development tools would be provided.
I’m going to make sure I focus time discussing all the different aspects of the format over the next year. There are a ton of really cool exciting implications for 3rd party developers, but there are also a lot of great things we are doing to try to make deployment as easy and painless as possible given the fact that this is such a huge shift.
I’ll start to assign some more specific categories to my posts, and I’ll try to answer everyone’s questions as we go forward. If you have suggestions for categories you’d like to see discussed, let me know! Thanks to those of you who’ve sent some great questions to me in e-mail too. I’ll try to reply as soon as I can, and most likely I’ll start using the blog to post my reply so everyone else can follow along.