Brian Jones: Office Solutions

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

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  • Blog Post: More on yesterday’s ODF announcement

    Gray Knowlton had a great post yesterday laying out more of the details on the "Save as ODF" functionality that will be built in natively for Office 2007 SP2: http://blogs.technet.com/gray_knowlton/archive/2008/05/21/microsoft-adds-save-as-odf-to-office-2007-service-pack-2.aspx Even though ODF 1.0...
  • Blog Post: ODF support in Office

    I took a few weeks off recently, which is why my blog has been fairly inactive the past month. I wanted to take a quick moment to point out some big news that's been in the works for some time now. Today we announced a number of developments in the document formats arena. Doug Mahugh has all the information...
  • 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: 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: BRM is done... time to sleep :-)

    Well, the BRM is over and I can only describe the week as a lot of technical work and a lot of great people I was lucky enough to meet and exchange ideas with. The objective of the BRM was to work with all of the National Body delegations in the room and improve the specification on a technical level...
  • Blog Post: British Library now hosting the Office Binary file format specifications

    For folks excited by the availability of the binary file format specs last week , but concerned about the long term availability of those documents, this should be good news. The British Library has archived, and now made them available to the public: http://www.bl.uk/dp/formats From the website:...
  • Blog Post: Binary Documentation (.doc, .xls, .ppt) and Translator Project Site are now live

    As promised last month , the binary documentation (.doc, .xls, .ppt) is now live. In addition to this, the project to create an open source translator (binary -> Open XML) has now been formed on sourceforge, and the development roadmap has been published. Read my earlier post for more background on...
  • 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: OASIS ODF committee considering joining DIN to help with translation and interop

    This is very cool. It looks like the OASIS committee is looking at coming on board to help out with the work going on in DIN to help understand the translation between Open XML and ODF: http://www.oasis-open.org/archives/office/200801/msg00040.html This would be very cool if they either joined or...
  • Blog Post: Links for 1-25-08

    A few interesting and entertaining links to end the week: IBM's Stance Against OpenXML Is Increasingly Confusing – Oliver Bell has a great post where he drills into the history the FUD approach. He also points out how easy it is for a large organization to have trouble with consistent messaging...
  • 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: Improvements in Password Hashing

    There were a number of comments raised by national bodies about the password hashing (encryption) support defined in Open XML. There were some extra hurdles that we had initially put to ensure that we could upgrade an existing binary documents properly. On further discussion in TC45 though, we decided...
  • 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: Mapping documents in the binary format (.doc; .xls; .ppt) to the Open XML format

    I wanted to call everyone's attention to a few interesting developments in Ecma's proposed disposition document related to the Office binary formats. There were a few comments from national bodies that asked about the documentation of the Office binary formats and the availability of those documents...
  • Blog Post: Over halfway there… including some positive changes to the Open XML standard

    I had mentioned that the members of Ecma TC45 all met last week in Kyoto to continue working through the national body comments we received as a result of the ISO ballot for Open XML. We've been making a lot of progress over the phone the past couple months (we have 3 hour calls twice a week), but it...
  • Blog Post: Interoperability Track at XML Conference 2007

    For those of you planning on being in the Boston area next week, you should plan on checking out the XML 2007 conference . There will be a full day Interoperability track that should have a great set of discussions. I'm going to be in Kyoto next week for Ecma and ISO meetings, so unfortunately I won...
  • 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: US to vote “yes” on Open XML

    Similar to what we just saw from Germany earlier this week, the US has voted to approve Open XML as an ISO standard. The result of the vote for "yes with comments" is posted here: http://ballot.itic.org/itic/tallyvote.taf?function=vote&committee=INCITS&ballot_id=2341&_UserReference=96EBDF227BF339D246CE4E20...
  • 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...
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