Microsoft adding XML files to Office 12 | CNET News.com: "Microsoft said Thursday that it will introduce new XML-based file formats for its Excel, PowerPoint and Word applications when the company launches its Office 12 software package next year. Company officials said the move to replace Microsoft’s traditional binary file formats with XML-based versions as the default in Office 12 will let people more easily share information. Microsoft pledged that the shift to XML, or Extensible Markup Language, will decrease the size of many individual files and make documents created in its Office products more resistant to corruption."
The "XML-ification" continues. This is very good news, not only for current Office users, but also from an inoperability perspective; especialy now Office is being more and more positioned as the userinterface of choice for endusers.