Office 2007 compatibility dates

I know there is a lot of concern about Office 2007’s new XML file format compatibility with OS X and other devices. Here is the information I have received:

  • Mac Office 2004 free converter: April
  • Windows Mobile: mid-2007
  • Office for Mac 2007: 6-8 months after Windows Office 2007 launch
  • Mac Office 2004 & older versions final converter: 6-8 weeks after Office for Mac 2007 launch

The Mac version will have rich and compatible XML parser, code for understanding the new package structure, and preliminary work on reading and writing early development version of the file format.

Also there is rumor that TextEdit in Leopard is already able to process the new XML office file structure, just no word on when Leopard is due out.

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