It’s good to see how the vision of the OpenXML document formats is being more fully realized, especially with the availability of tools from the Document Interoperability Initiative.  The latest ones being the Open XML Document Viewer that allows OpenXML to be viewed from HTML – it also includes a Firefox Plug-in that runs on Windows and Linux – so OpenXML documents can be viewed without having Office installed.  The Apache Software Foundation POI Java SDK for Open XML makes pure Java libraries available for reading and writing files in Open XML formats. 

It will be great to see other document viewers and editors…plus I’m waiting for devices to automatically start outputting data into OpenXML format – say spreadsheet – then automatically analyze, chart the data when you open your favorite spreadsheet app.  Sure seems like a step forward from csv.

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Cross Posted from Dan Fay's Blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/dan_fay)