Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th May 2008 20:34 UTC
Features, Office Microsoft has released the first service pack to Microsoft Office:Mac 2008. The company also said that sales of Office:Mac 2008 have "soared", and that it is "selling faster than any previous version of Office for Mac in the past 19 years". Microsoft also had a surprise announcement about Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) support.
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RE[3]: Soared
by kaiwai on Wed 14th May 2008 05:54 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Soared"
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Do you mean people couldn't open documents sent to them in the new XML formats, or that people are really excited about the new XML formats?

If the latter, I'd have to politely disagree. Most people wouldn't know an XML based format from the old format, nor would they care.

People might not care about it, but they do want compatibility with those who send Office files. Now sure, there are OOXML filter support for older versions of Office but how many of the non-technical people know about it?

As for 3.0 - IIRC it can only open them, but at the same time, there is an ODF plugin for Office, so the better option would be for the Office user to save their file in ODF format in the first place to avoid the importing problem.

As for whether people are excited; for the average person, a file is just a file; whether its in XML, XSL, ABC, 123 or CBC, it doesnt really matter to them. All the intellectual jerking off that occurs here doesnt really change the fact that for the average user, XML (like any other IT related TLA) is of little concern.

I think the main reason people upgrade is for the same reason people climb Mt. Everest; because it is there.

I have to admit, I used to be like that (and kinda like that now) - when I see the latest version of something its like, "I MUST HAVE IT!". I can't nail down why I actually need it, but I feel if I don't have it, I'll be left behind the times.

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