Brian Jones: Office Solutions

I'm Brian Jones, the group program manager of the Office Solutions Framework team.

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  • Blog Post: Another example of Open XML as a submission format...

    Just saw this on Pablo's blog : Covering yet another set of scientific disciplines, last month the folks from ArXiv (the largest repository for Physics, also very popular for Math and Computer Science papers) posted the news that they now accept OpenXML files for submissions .  I am also looking forward...
  • Blog Post: Video clip of the add-in for authoring Scientific Articles

    If you want to get an idea of how the add-in works, Pablo has posted a short video: Pablo suggested skipping to about 4:40 into the video to see the actual solution. For more information on the add-in, check out the blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/exscientia/archive/2008/03/25/short-video-clip-on-the...
  • Blog Post: Using Open XML to author scientific and technical articles

    Pablo Fernicola has the news today that we've released a tech preview of an article authoring add-in for word 2007. This add-in leverages the Open XML formats to translate into the XML formats defined by the National Library of Medicine. http://blogs.msdn.com/exscientia/archive/2008/03/20/Technology...
  • Blog Post: Object embedding in Open XML

    There were some concerns raised earlier on that the Open XML format required a specific object embedding to be used (OLE). While it's true that the tag names in the format have "OLE" in them, the embedding is actually generic, and can use other technologies if that's what's desired. I believe (but I...
  • Blog Post: Links for 1-31-08

    A few interesting links I wanted to point out: Content Reuse with Open XML and XSLT – Alexander Falk (Altova's CEO) has a great post giving examples of how to work with Open XML files using XML Spy: "This is the first article in a series of blog postings that I plan to write about practical Open...
  • Blog Post: Buzzword now supports reading and writing Open XML

    We had all the noise last week about IBM supporting Open XML in a number of their products. Today I learned that Adobe's Buzzword, a web based wordprocessor, now supports reading and writing .docx files. Very cool: http://forum.buzzword.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&p=980 I think they also have plans...
  • Blog Post: Translating OpenXML into DAISY

    Reed announced today that the first alpha build of the OpenXML to DAISY translator is now available up on SourceForge: http://blogs.technet.com/reedblog/archive/2008/01/25/open-xml-to-daisy-v1-is-live.aspx This is awesome. It's another example of the power you get out of translators, and the shared...
  • Blog Post: Google support for Open XML formats

    I noticed this last week but forgot to blog about it. If you do a google search and the result is an Open XML file (.docx; .xlsx; .pptx) they give you the ability to view them in the browser using their own rendering technology. They support all three formats, and the results are pretty rich (surprisingly...
  • Blog Post: More info on DAISY and OpenXML

    Very cool video with the DAISY Consortium's Secretary General George Kerscher discussing DAISY and the project for converting Open XML into DAISY: http://blogs.inquirer.net/techaddicts/2008/01/17/ivdo-daisy-makes-reading-documents-easier-for-the-blind/ I talked to George a bit about the power of semantics...
  • Blog Post: Accessibility of OpenXML

    Well, I've come back up for air briefly and wanted to quickly point out to folks a really important announcement we made yesterday . We're teaming up with the DAISY consortium to build translation tools that will convert OpenXML documents into the DAISY format (Digital Access Information System). DAISY...
  • Blog Post: Open XML links for 10-17-2007

    I'm pretty knee deep in work for the next version of Office, as well as the ISO comments on OpenXML, so my blogging over the next few weeks will be pretty limited. I did want to point out a couple links I came across recently though: Mac OS X Leopard supports multiple file format standards ...
  • Blog Post: New Beta of WordPerfect with Open XML and ODF support

    Corel just announced the availability of a new beta version of WordPerfect that provides support for both Open XML as well as ODF. They provide for a number of choices in document formats, with Open XML and ODF being the two latest supported formats. http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index...
  • Blog Post: Links 09-28-2007

    Well I thought I would have time to work more on the FAQ the past couple weeks, but that was naive of me. I've had zero free time, and had to struggle just to get a few free minutes to pull this post together. Hopefully things will slow down soon. (hAl, thanks for sending me the suggested changes in...
  • Blog Post: Another word-processor supporting Open XML

    It looks like AbiWord, which is an open source word processing application is now working on Open XML support. http://www.abisource.com/twiki/bin/view/Abiword/OpenXMLImport They finished up inline formatting about a month ago, and I'm not sure what they are currently working on. So, now we have...
  • Blog Post: Why there’s no “Microsoft” in Open XML

    Here are a couple cool screenshots from Stephen McGibbon where he shows an OpenXML spreadsheet file created with Gnumeric (runs on Linux & Windows), and the file is then opened up in Numbers (Apple's new spreadsheet app for the Mac). Gnumeric Numbers This is pretty cool as it shows how...
  • Blog Post: iWork ‘08 supports the Open XML formats

    I talked the other week about how the iPhone supports the Open XML formats . It's pretty incredible to see such a huge uptake in applications that support the format, given that the standard was finalized less than 9 months ago. The traditional applications such as Microsoft Office, Open Office, and...
  • Blog Post: iPhone supports Open XML

    This is pretty cool. I already talked about how there is support for the open xml formats on the palmOS . I was looking into the iPhone today and it looks like it has support not just for .doc, .xls, .pdf, and .html; but also has for .docx and .xlsx. Very cool! I saw this in their product documentation...
  • Blog Post: Friday links (July 6, 2007)

    A couple interesting topics I wanted to link to today: Rick Jelliffe makes my week – Rick has a great post called "Slashdotters: all together now… 'Doh!'" that pretty well sums up my experiences over the past several years. When we first announced the XML formats for Office, there was a focused collection...
  • Blog Post: Back from vacation with some good Open XML news

    Hey folks, sorry for not posting in awhile. I was initially going to be on a two week vacation (starting June 15 th ), but some stuff came up with work where I had to fly out to Singapore and Japan for the first week of my planned time off. My wife met me out in Tokyo though and we were able to spend...
  • Blog Post: Open XML in Science and Nature; Deploying Office 2007; and more…

    Here are a few interesting links I came across this week: Open XML in Science and Nature - Murray Sargent gives another update on the discussions we've been having with the folks from Science as well as Nature. They have some really cool publishing processes, and unfortunately we're only now talking...
  • Blog Post: Altova’s XMLSpy supports Open XML

    Altova's XMLSpy now has rich support for working with the Open XML formats. As they say in their press release: XMLSpy provides powerful support for accessing, editing, transforming, and querying XML data saved in Microsoft® Office 2007 documents and other zipped files. Check out this link for...
  • Blog Post: Open XML Java Library

    The OpenXML4J project website is now up and running: http://www.openxml4j.org/ This is an open source project to create a Java library for consuming and generating files in the Open XML formats. Here's a diagram of their planned architecture: As they describe up on the site, the current scenarios...
  • Blog Post: OpenXML Community Growing

    Wow, I've been trying to pull together my next " Intro to SpreadsheetML " post for over two weeks now but it's pretty slow going when you only get 10 mins at a time to focus on it. I thought it would have been ready last week but other things kept coming up. This week in particular is super busy, as...
  • Blog Post: Visual tool for developers working with the Open XML formats

    For those of you who are working with Open XML files, there is a great tool out there on Codeplex called the " Package Explorer ". It's an open source project that's already pretty far along, and it was started by Wouter Van Vugt . Wouter is one of the more well known voices in the Open XML community...
  • Blog Post: Florida House of Reps leveraging OpenXML

    Florida's House of Representatives had a pilot project last year where they were able to leverage the OpenXML formats to make it much easier to craft a bill: http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=200428 Basically, as a bill goes through the legislative process, amendments...
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