July 07, 2008

Frakking XLSX

Microsoft stupidity strikes again. I was sent an email for my Monday call in a .xlsx format, which reads as a corrupt file in OpenOffice. I tried to get a Novell-built extension for OO that would read it, no joy. (Several popup windows worth of 'cannot read octet stream,' or whatever, were my only reward. Thanks, Novell.)

My compatriots in crime had to just resave it and send it as a .xls file.

But seriously, whose bright idea was this? You change the ****ing file extension that's been around for how many ****ing years now, breaking everything that supported it, that everyone else has?

I can tell you, my reaction sure was not "dude, I've got to get me some of that new, Office 2007 stuff for myself!" ***holes.

Posted by natasha at July 7, 2008 07:23 AM | Technology | Technorati links |

Theoretically, XLSX is an open, XML format (key word being "theoretically").

Posted by: rob at July 7, 2008 07:43 AM

Oooooooh, yes... read all about the OOXML vs ODF wars, if you have the stomach for it. Wikipedia provides a start: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standardization_of_Office_Open_XML

Looooots of debate about whether this was all "properly done" or not. Sigh.

Posted by: Barry Leiba at July 7, 2008 08:37 AM

We have this a lot in our office as we use the newer version. Often, a file is E Mailed to someone and they try to open it at home, only to discover they cannot.

Microsoft just completely sucks, but they control everything.

Posted by: Scott at July 7, 2008 06:24 PM

You could try the OOo 3 beta at http://download.openoffice.org/680/?intcmp=1461 Seems to work fine in of itself, though I've not used it with that many X files. And of course it is beta, i.e. testing, software, so it could burn down your house, murder your family, etc, without warning. But myself, I've had no trouble with it.

Alternatively you could download a viewer or importer from MS.

And yes, they are being assholes in this instance. But they were never going to relinquish their grip on the office software market to ODF easily, were they? It would have been a disservice to their shareholders.

Posted by: me at July 11, 2008 04:33 AM

Here's that link as a link.

Posted by: me at July 11, 2008 04:35 AM