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OOXML is a real pain [Oct. 10th, 2007|09:45 pm]
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Just finished sorting out my Mother, she had got emailed a quote for some work to be done in France as an 'excel' spreadsheet, anyway they had just got a new machine with Vista on, which means they had Office 2007 with the new OOXML file format.

She tried to open it in her copy of Office 2000, no dice, total pain, she ended up mailing me a copy, which OpenOffice had no trouble opening, then a quick save as excel 2000, and then mailed it back.

She said if I had not been available she would not have known where to start. This has got to be a large problem than my Mother, just think about all those small, medium or even larger businesses needing to exchange documents with people running Office 2007. Having to remember to save in the right format is going get forgotten and cause lots of trouble.

I think I'm going to move my Mother over to OpenOffice, at least as a secondary install just so see can read these newer formats and give her a little more training on file formats.