Menu
Microsoft releases first Open XML SDK

Microsoft releases first Open XML SDK

SDK 1.0 now available for developers to create, access and manipulate Open XML documents

Microsoft has released the first finished version of the software development kit (SDK) for the Open XML Format, the default storage format for Microsoft Office 2007 and the basis for a standard that is currently awaiting publication by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

Open XML SDK 1.0 , available from the company's website, is designed to allow developers to produce code enabling their applications to create, access and manipulate Open XML documents, Microsoft said.

The SDK includes an application programming interface (API) simplifying the creation of code for searching documents, creating documents, validating document parts, modifying data and other tasks, Microsoft said.

The API can be used in any language supported by the Microsoft .Net Framework, the company said.

A pre-release version for version 2.0 is scheduled for late summer, with the final version intended for release along with the next version of Office, code-named Office 14.

The current SDK supports the version of Open XML supported by Office 2007, which is not the same as that ratified as a standard by the ISO, due to changes effected during the ratification process.

That standard, called IS29500, was approved by the ISO in March, and Microsoft has said that it will update the support for Open XML to be in line with the standardized version in Office 14.

At the same time, Microsoft said last month that it will begin supporting the rival Open Document Format (ODF) in Office 2007 and Office 14, beginning with a service pack set for release in the first half of 2009.

Microsoft acknowledged in May that it was adding support for ODF partly because of the difficulty involved in modifying Office to support the standardized version of Open XML.

"The ISO/IEC standardization process resulted in a number of changes to the Open XML specification," the company said in a statement. "While developing our support for ODF requires a substantial amount of work, changes to existing file formats are often more complex than developing new code and therefore more difficult to implement due to backwards compatibility considerations."

Several ISO member countries are currently appealing against the decision to fast-track Open XML standardization, which has delayed the publication of the standard while the appeal is resolved.

Opponents of the format have said that it is needlessly complex, comprising 6,000 pages of documentation, and that documentation is unclear.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP honoured leading partners across the channel at the Partner Awards 2017 in New Zealand, recognising excellence across the entire print and personal systems portfolio.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30

Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30

Leading figures within the technology industry across New Zealand came together to celebrate 30 years of success for Lexel Systems, at a milestone birthday occasion at St Matthews in the City.​

Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30
HP re-imagines education through Auckland event launch

HP re-imagines education through Auckland event launch

HP New Zealand held an inaugural Evolve Education event at Aotea Centre in Auckland, welcoming over 70 principals, teachers and education experts to explore ways of shaping and enhancing learning using technology.

HP re-imagines education through Auckland event launch
Show Comments