.doc ain't dead yet
by Giles Turnbull
The hoo-ha over Microsoft’s new Office 2007 default file format in Office 2007 seems to have calmed down a little, which is a great relief.
Of course people were going to get upset by headlines like “The lock-out begins for Office Mac users”, but in reality that was never on the cards in the first place. Microsoft is doing things the way it has always done; Mac users are not its first priority.
|And if it's a Word XML document, there's good odds you could always open / save it with TextEdit anyway.|
We went through the same thing with Office 97. All the formats changed and users couldn't remember to Save As the old versions.
We won't even necessarily have to wait for an official solution to this.
|I can't imagine the .doc format ever dying in China. People here don't send jpegs, they send .doc files with embedded pictures.|
|If someone sends my a Word document, I open it in OpenOffice.org on my Linux box or NeoOffice on my Mac. If it doesn't open with that, then I just assume they didn't want me to read it. For those who can afford to buy Microsoft Office, money is obviously no object and they should buy Adobe Acrobat to convert their documents. It is not like anything important would be in a Word document anyway as anyone using it is opening all their data to be destroyed.|