Brian Jones: Office Solutions

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

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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Office 2007 SP1 is now available

    SP1 for Office 2007 is now available for download. One of the interesting fixes we made was based on some problems we found when you tried to use the ODF translator that Sun has built for Office. Malte Timmermann pointed out on his blog back in the summer that there were some major issues when you tried...
  • 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: How to create and consume OpenXML formats

    With all the talk last week of the OpenXML support that is now in OpenOffice , I thought it would also be worthwhile reminding folks that if you have an older version of Microsoft Office, you can also work with the OpenXML formats. There is a compatibility pack you can download here: http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Novell talks about the OpenXML support in OpenOffice

    There's a little blurb up on the Novell PR blog talking a bit more about the OpenXML translator release: http://www.novell.com/prblogs/?p=299 Novell is cooperating with Microsoft and others on an open source project to create the bi-directional translator for documents, spreadsheets and presentations...
  • Blog Post: OpenOffice support for the OpenXML formats

    I just saw that the Novell folks have released a version of OpenOffice with support for the Ecma Office Open XML formats ( http://download.novell.com/SummaryFree.jsp?buildid=ESrjfdE4U58~ ). They announced this work awhile ago, but this is the first chance folks have had to actually download the builds...
  • Blog Post: Bulk upgrade your binary files to OpenXML

    The Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) was released earlier this week. It's a tool that helps folks who are going to manage and upgrade to the latest version of Office (2007). Among other things, it will do a scan of your network to identify Office documents and report back to you on the stats...
  • Blog Post: ODF to OpenXML conversion complete

    Huge news to wrap up the week! The open source project for creating a translator between the ODF text format and the OpenXML wordprocessing format has announced the release of version 1.0 of the tool ( http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=660889 ). Within the first 6 hours of the release they...
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