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Microsoft has released the RTM version of Open XML SDK 2.0 for Microsoft Office today. This is great news and another big step forward for developers who write software systems that read and write Open XML documents. Till now, we’ve been working with Community Technology Previews (CTP) that had licensing restrictions (you couldn’t ‘go live’ with solutions). We now have a stable platform on which we can build the next generation of Open XML solutions.
As with the CTPs, the RTM version of the Open XML SDK consists of two principle components:
Some of the key characteristics of the library are:
Key features of the tool are:
For more information on the Open XML SDK, samples, snippets, and articles, go to the Open XML Developer Center.
Zeyad Rajabi’s post contains a number of links to videos and other resources. Also, check out Zeyad’s session from the SharePoint conference.
Gray Knowlton posted about how the Open XML SDK contributes to interoperability.
Erika Ehrli Cabral has a great post that contains a list of a lot of new content available for the Open XML SDK.
When I first started working with the Open XML document formats, the tools and resources available to me were quite limited. The only released library was System.IO.Packaging. The Open XML SDK version 1.0 was still a CTP. We’ve come a very long way since then. Congratulations to the development team and to everyone else who worked on this excellent technology.