Over on my professional blog, Teklibri, I just posted an article about Microsoft Office and the XML file formats (such as .docx) associated with it:
Benefits of the Microsoft Office Open XML File Formats
The article discusses some technical details regarding the advantages of the XML formats, and how to handle them. For non-technical users, the takeaways are:
- For the average computer user, buying or renting Microsoft Office is a waste of money. Free alternatives, such as Libre Office and OpenOffice, provide all the functionality that you’re likely to need.
- Given the choice, you should always store files in the new XML formats (those with a final “x” in the extension), such as docx, in preference to the earlier binary formats.