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  • Blog Post: Updating the Custom XML Scanning Tool

    A while back I posted a scanning tool to detect the presense of Custom XML Markup in Open XML documents . I wanted to provide an update for this tool to reflect the new Open XML SDK 2.0. The scanning tool has been recompiled against the new version of the SDK and should work a little better. Apart...
  • Blog Post: Open XML SDK 2.0 Released

    On February 21, 2008, I posted on Microsoft Interoperability Principles , which are designed to make our products more open and more available to the broader software community. Since that day, Microsoft has made several strides in this area, too many to recount here and now, but largely explained by...
  • Blog Post: Open XML and the SharePoint Conference

    SharePoint conference is just a few days away. We are thrilled that in an era of shrinking shows and budgets, we're able to have a sold out conference dedicated to learning about Office and SharePoint 2010. It will be an exciting week. A positive trend in Office development is the migration of solutions...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 for Developers: Transcript from my training session

    During the launch wave we spend a lot of time "readying" various teams around the company and externally about the new capabilities for developers in Office 2010 . This is a topic of great interest across our technical field in particular, due to the multitudes of solutions that are built on Office to...
  • Blog Post: Office and SharePoint 2010 Highlights from SharePoint Conference

    SharePoint Conference was a very busy time for us. We were finally able to pull back the curtain on many of the capability areas of 2010, and for a lot of folks, this was the first opportunity to see what all the excitement is about. There is a lot of buzz about Office and SharePoint 2010, but there...
  • Blog Post: Word 2007 and DOCX Compatibility

    Yesterday an issue related to Word 2007 surfaced online that is worth a closer look. A Microsoft Answers forum post discussed a defect in Word 2007 pertaining to DOCX files exchanged between Word 2010 and users of Word 2007. It had been reported that some Word 2007 users were experiencing a situation...
  • Blog Post: Open XML SDK Code behind the Custom XML Markup Detection Tool

    On Brian Jones' blog today, Zeyad Rajabi has posted the source code for the Custom XML Markup Detection tool from my last post. This should give readers a bit more insight into what it is looking for to identify affected documents. The source is provided to you as an example of the Open XML SDK's incredible...