Microsoft Office supports new file formats

By Sidharth | Features

Microsoft’s biggest update to its productivity suite comes in the form of Office 2013. The new Microsoft Office 2013 has freshness sprinkled all over it — there’s a modern, metro-like UI, apps have been completely redesigned and integration with Skydrive makes syncing documents to the cloud really easy. It doesn’t end here, as Microsoft is continuously updating its Office Suite with newer features.

The next update of Microsoft Office will support many new file extensions.

New Microsoft Office Word

Open ODF, XML, PDF formats using the new Microsoft Office

No need to download any Office add-in to read Adobe PDFs anymore. You don’t even have to buy another program to edit PDFs, or struggle with workarounds to open ODT/ODF and XML files, as the new Office 2013 suite supports all these file formats right out of the box.

The new Office can open, edit and save these file extensions:

  • Binary format including DOC, XLS and PPT
  • Open XML format
  • Strict Open XML format
  • ODF 1.2
  • Adobe PDF

Difference between Office 2007, 2010 and Office 2013:

Office 2007 Office 2010 The New Office
Binary format
(.doc, .xls, .ppt)
Open, Edit, Save Open, Edit, Save Open, Edit, Save
Open XML
Open, Edit, Save Open, Edit, Save Open, Edit, Save
Strict Open XML Open, Edit Open, Edit, Save
ODF 1.1 Open, Edit, Save Open, Edit, Save Open, Edit
ODF 1.2 Open, Edit, Save
PDF Save Save Open, “Edit”, Save

Personally, the possibility of editing PDFs is an outstanding feature. This is where other Office alternative programs fails, and probably this is the biggest reason to love the new Microsoft Office.

Via Office blog

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