Somebody asked me today if Open XML, and more specifically the new .DOCX file format that is now the default in Microsoft Word 2007, is important for our business.
I will come back later on some of these points, but here is a quick rundown of why it is not only important but absolutely CRUCIAL:
1. Smaller file size (very significant for some of our clients).
2. Extensible format (we use our own namespace elements in xpertdoc 2007).
3. Secure documents (it is now easy to ensure that no macros nor other active content lingers in documents).
4. The data (document content) is easily accessible from other applications.
5. It is an open standard.
6. It builds on the overwhelmingly dominant established base for word processing tools and documents(Microsoft Word).
7. It is soon to become the de facto file format for the vast majority of corporate users.
Bottom line is, 99.99% of our clients are using Microsoft Word today, they will continue to do so for the foreseeable future and they will make the transition to Office 2007.
It would be a going-out-of-business strategy for us to try and convince them to migrate towards inferior alternatives, and a foolish idea to invest our time and energy in other directions.