If you are like me, you haven’t fired up WordPad since somewhere around 1998.  It has virtually no functionality at all.

Except… now it does.  I was listening to Windows Weekly, and Paul Thurrott and Leo Laporte mentioned that WordPad is significantly improved in Windows 7.  I fired it up to check, and they are right… it has morphed into a rather capable word processor! I love the ribbon in Office 2007, and I’m glad to see it show up in WordPad.

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Not only that, but you can also natively save in Open Office XML (default format for Word 2007) or ODT (default format for OpenOffice).  Not that I’d ever want to, but it’s nice to have the choice.

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Very nice!