As is the case with the Windows operating system, Microsoft is working extensively to make sure customers around the world benefit from using Office 2010 in their native language.

In this sense, just as for Windows 7, the Redmond company offers a number of localized versions of the latest productivity suite.

However, with Office 2010 available only in 38 languages, it is clear that some users might feel like they have been left out.

This is why the software giant is also offering what it refers to as Language Interface Packs or LIPs.

At the end of the past week, the first three out of a total of more than 60 LIPs have already started being offered to customers. More »

Now that Microsoft has made Office 2010 RTM available to the public, it falls on customers to make sure that their products are kept up to date.

But the Redmond company is making it extremely simple for end users and businesses that embraced the latest iteration of the Office productivity suite to find the Service Packs and CU updates for Office products.

Hosted on TechNet, the Update Center for Office makes it simple for customers to find the latest Service Pack, latest Public Update, latest Cumulative Update and general guidance for Office 2010.

At the same time, the online resources (Update Center for Microsoft Office, Office Servers, and Related Products) hosted on TechNet are not limited to Office 2010, but in fact cover all Office releases, as long as they are still supported by Microsoft. More »

Downloads of the Open XML Compatibility Pack have passed the 100 million mark, Microsoft revealed. The Redmond-based company is offering the Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats for users of Office releases prior to Office 2007 in order to enable them to not only open, but also edit, and even save documents, workbooks, and presentations in Word 2007, Excel 2007, and PowerPoint 2007 file formats, namely the Open XML ISO standards. The software giant indicated that the number of Open XML Compatibility Pack downloads was illustrative of the increase in adoption of the OOXML standards introduced with the advent of the Office 2007 System.

“The compatibility pack is a manual download. It is not pushed through any update channels. In order for an end user to obtain it, they must visit the Microsoft download center, select one of the 35 available languages, and download the 26MB installer. To say it differently, more than 100 million people have had cause to seek out and download the compatibility pack for Open XML; likely due to their encountering a document stored in one of the formats,” explained Gray Knowlton, Microsoft Office Group Product Manager. More »

You can minimize file-compatibility issues by standardizing on the most common file formats. By default, OpenOffice.org saves files in Open Document Format (ODF). Microsoft’s by-the-book support for ODF, unfortunately, breaks some spreadsheet files, according to a recent ZDNet blog post.

OpenOffice reads and writes Office 2007’s default .docx and .xlsx XML file formats. But the older .doc and .xls formats are still the ones most often used. I suggest that you make the classic Office formats your defaults in OpenOffice. To set .doc as the document default, for example, open any OpenOffice program and do the following:

Step 1. Choose Tools, Options;

Step 2. Select General under Load/Save;

Step 3. Click Text Document under Document type in the Default file format and ODF settings section; More »

Office 2007’s applications save their files in a new format called OpenXML. Earlier versions of Microsoft Office do not recognize the OpenXML format, although they can be upgraded with the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack to support the OpenXML format.

Many people who purchase new computers or upgrade to Office 2007 do not realize documents created in Office 2007 will not work in older versions of Microsoft Office. Many times people who receive their documents cannot open them.

This guide shows you how to set Microsoft Office 2007 applications default file format to an older format supported by Microsoft Office 97-2003.

Change the Default File Format

In this example, I am going to change Word 2007’s default file format used when saving documents from .docx to .doc (the file format used by Office 97-2003). This can also be done in Excel 2007 and Power Point 2007. More »