# Thursday, 23 November 2006

Has someone sent you a .docx file yet? That's the Word 2007 file format.  (The new Excel format is .xlsx, the new Powerpoint is .pptx, and so on.) The first time I tried to open one with Word 2003, I got a helpful dialog offering to get and install the converter for me, and I did, and now I can move the files back and forth around my network without concern. But a few people have mentioned to me that they didn't get this helpful dialog. You can hand-download and install the converter from the Office preview site. Make sure you are up to date on Office Service Packs... there are links from the download page. And though the converter says it's for the Technical Refresh 2, it has worked fine for me on files created with earlier betas.

Kate

Thursday, 23 November 2006 14:02:09 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [2]
Thursday, 07 December 2006 16:18:48 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Are you saying that Microsoft automatically installed beta software on your computer? OR was this helpful dialogue a result of software you yourself had chosen to install?
Mike
Thursday, 07 December 2006 16:21:51 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
The dialog asked if I wanted the beta software (the converter) or not, and I said "yes, please." You could always say "no" if you don't care for beta stuff. I run so many early builds that a public beta feels like rtm to me.

Kate
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