Today is the launch of the next version of Office. I am very exited about this version as a developer. My favorite feature is one that the user may not even know is there, XML. This version of Office takes the first step in pulling together all of the Office applications under XML. This has many benifits, one being typed documents. Now you can mark up your documents with XML and perform actions on this typed information. You can for example extract information from the documents as a data source; let me find all documents with policy ID of 1234. This information can be extracted using standard XML tools, including server side. I will try to highlight other great developer features in future entries.