Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats (Beta 2)

Office System 2007’s release and deployment time is quickly approaching and soon your organization will start receiving documents using the new Office 2007 formats.

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack is a key component to ensure that existing version of your Office suites can work with the new document formats.

Please find below details regarding the Beta 2 release of the compatibility pack. Perhaps it’s time to start evaluating this component and plan its deployment to ensure that your users can easily collaborate with Office System 2007 users both externally and internally.

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Exchanging Files Between Previous Releases of Microsoft Office and the 2007 Microsoft Office Release

Microsoft has added new file formats to the 2007 Microsoft Office system to reduce file sizes, improve the recovery of corrupt or damaged files, and improve integration with external sources. To help ensure that you can exchange documents between Office releases, Microsoft has developed a Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats. The Compatibility Pack (Beta 2) is available for Microsoft Office XP and Office 2003.

By updating Microsoft Office XP and Office 2003 with the Compatibility Pack (Beta 2), you can create new documents, open and edit documents, and save documents using the following 2007 Microsoft Office system file formats:


.docx—Microsoft Office Word 2007 document

.docm—Microsoft Office Word 2007 macro-enabled document


.pptx—Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 presentation

.pptm—Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 macro-enabled presentation

.potx—Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 template

.potm—Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 macro-enabled template

.ppsx—Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 show

.ppsm—Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 macro-enabled show


.xlsb—Microsoft Office Excel 2007 binary workbook

.xlsx—Microsoft Office Excel 2007 workbook

.xlsm—Microsoft Office Excel 2007 macro-enabled workbook

.xltx—Microsoft Office Excel 2007 template

.xltm—Microsoft Office Excel 2007 macro-enabled template

.xlam—Microsoft Office Excel 2007 add-in