Blah Blah from site:

    • Open XML is an open ECMA 376 standard and is also approved as the ISO/IEC 29500 standard that defines a set of XML schemas for representing spreadsheets, charts, presentations, and word processing documents. Microsoft Office Word 2007, Excel 2007, and PowerPoint 2007 all use Open XML as the default file format.
    • The Open XML file formats are useful for developers because they use an open standard and are based on well-known technologies: ZIP and XML.
    • The Open XML SDK 2.0 for Microsoft Office is built on top of the System.IO.Packaging API and provides strongly typed part classes to manipulate Open XML documents. The SDK also uses the .NET Framework Language-Integrated Query (LINQ) technology to provide strongly typed object access to the XML content inside the parts of Open XML documents.

Link to download:

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=5124

Professors

Use this in your classroom to demonstrate the use of Open XML with Office documents, this is could definitely be an interview question for your students.

College Students

Definitely interview question: Explain to me what Open XML would do for our corporation.