If you haven’t encountered it yet, it’s bound to happen soon (I’ve gotten three files in the last two weeks in this new format). The .docx files are coming! If you don’t have a PC running Vista and Office 2007, you can’t open these files… not even to read them…

However, Microsoft has put out a little-publicized “Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats” that will allow you to open these documents and do minor editing.

It is a fairly large download (27.5 MB), so plan appropriately.

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