I wanted to point out a few interesting things that have popped up over the past couple weeks:
IDC Report on Open Standards
Interesting study by IDC where they polled companies in Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark to try and gauge the level of interest in open document standards. As you would imagine, the level of interest in the Open XML formats continues to grow, especially with the standardization vote only a week away and Office 2007 already out the door with full support for the final draft.
CompTIA believes Open XML will benefit the industry
"Our members believe that approval of Open XML by ECMA as an open standard will be a key advancement to the IT industry and provide critically needed choice in the document format space allowing for greater vendor independence and reduced lock-in. Competition among multiple open document standards will enhance innovation in document formats and increase flexibility and interoperability all to the benefit of software consumers. The approval of Open XML as an open standard will ensure that digital content is more efficiently stored and managed today as well as into the future."
Office 2007 "Business Launch"
Yesterday we announced the business launch of Windows Vista; Office 2007; and Exchange Server 2007. There is a blog describing all the details from the launch.
40 example code snippets for Open XML
Kevin Boske has an update on the code snippets that we last published back in June. They have now all been updated to work with the final draft of the Ecma standard. These are really great for folks trying to get started with development on top of the open xml formats. Kevin just had a baby girl (congratulations Kevin), so I'm not sure how active he'll be on his blog, but I'm sure he'll be checking every once in a while if you have any questions.
The snippets show how to do the following:
Doug Mahugh talks about arbitrary content within an Office Open XML file
Doug has a post where he talks more about the packaging conventions, and what you can to to put your own content into an Open XML file while still maintaining it's validity.