What's up,.docx? If you want Office 2007 that bad, ditch your Mac for a PC

What's up,.docx? If you want Office 2007 that bad, ditch your Mac for a PC

Summary: APC magazine and other outlets report that Office for Mac 2004 users who intend to install Office 2007 are not in for a pleasant experience.That's because Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2007 now all use different file formats: .

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APC magazine and other outlets report that Office for Mac 2004 users who intend to install Office 2007 are not in for a pleasant experience.

That's because Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2007 now all use different file formats: .docx instead of .doc, .xlsx instead of .xls and .pptx xlsx in lieu of .ppt.

Because Word 2007 saves documents in .docx, efforts to open a .docx in Word for Mac 2004 will generate ugliness that will look something like this:


Butt ugly. 

My own take: Microsoft is taking care of its own.

I am a Windows user. It is more intuitive an experience for me. So that's where I come down.

If you are a Mac cultist (sorry, Mac aficionado) and you really, really want access to Office 2007 tools, well, I'm sure you know where your CompUSA, Fry's Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, etc. is.

That's what I think. But maybe you disagree.

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  • Excellent Report, Bravo!

    Gee, that sure was insightful... I guess he'll come up with a new story tomorrow saying if Mac owners want to use Internet Explorer 7, they'll have to buy Windows PC too. Buy hey, I guess he'll be the only one using the .docx, .xlsx, etc.. since most of
    the business world has standardized on the old .doc, .xls formats.
    djcobb44
  • This is a tempest in a teacup.

    While I wait for MSFT to either provide an import filter or update Office for the Mac, I will do the following:

    1. Continue to save my documents in the legacy .doc format, since it will take most businesses <b>at least 18 months</b> to migrate to the new version of Office anyway.
    2. On the rare occasion that someone does send me a .docx formatted file, I will request that they send me a .doc version instead (since that output filter is already available in Office 2007).
    3. If I really need to, I can run Windows XP on my Mac, run Office 2007 on top of it (if I care to spend my money that way), open the offending .docx file and save it as a .doc file that I can use on my Mac.
    ericpierre@...
  • Think before you post

    Don't be so ignorant. The issue is not that users want Office 2007. The issue is that documents created in Office 2007 will be unreadable by anyone who doesn't have it. This includes Windows users.

    If you think the entire Windows world is going to upgrade to 2007 as one, you are very mistaken. Sure, Windows users without 2007 can go out of their way to convert docx files they've been given, but for anyone who isn't a technogeek this is not obvious.

    Don't think for a second that the problem is isolated to Mac users.
    SeanR
  • huh? why ditch?

    Nonsense, with Intel-Macs available there's no need for that. And, there's not even a
    need for Office 2007 or any other MS-Office version. Every mac-user knows that
    there are alternativs to MS-Office, that are better and far less expensive.
    Ditch my mac for a Windows PC? you must be kidding.
    xwerfx
  • you idiots

    Only an idiot would be using windoze or a Mac anyway. Smart people use Linux.
    killer_oddball
  • RE: What's up,.docx? If you want Office 2007 that bad

    I can open docx files just like a PC can on my Mac. I can use
    Open Office 3 or even a file converter that will take care of
    the nasty Windows generated files. I do not like the PC
    interface at all and I have no reason to use a virus infected
    operating system. I am keeping my Mac and never buying a
    PC again. There is no need to buy a PC just to open files
    that are incompatible with older Office software. They shot
    themselves in the foot.
    trucklover