Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint create files in Open XML formats by default. The file extensions for OpenXML format include XLSX (Excel), DOCX (Word), and PPTX (PowerPoint).
Files with names that end with “.xlsx” ,”.docx” or “.pptx” can be renamed to “.zip”. These ZIP files can be uncompressed to reveal multiple files and folders.
Information on how to read the contents of the Open XML format for Microsoft Office may be found at docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office/open-xml/understanding-the-open-xml-file-formats.
The Microsoft Office Online browser extension for Edge and Google Chrome browsers allows you to open and create files for Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Sway in your browser without needing Office installed.
This free extension is available from Microsoft Store and Chrome Web Store.
Microsoft has released a list of products that will no longer be supported in 2018, including:
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
- Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5
- Microsoft Dynamics C5 2014
- Windows 10 Mobile – November 2015 release
- Microsoft Office Communicator 2007
- Windows Web Server 2008
A full list can be found at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4043450/products-reaching-end-of-support-for-2018.
Free online versions of Microsoft Office applications can be found at https://products.office.com/en-us/office-online/documents-spreadsheets-presentations-office-online. These include:
Users are required to sign in using their Microsoft account.
Microsoft has released an updated set of free Technology e-Books on various subjects. The full list can be found here.
Book topics include:
- Microsoft Office
- Windows 10 and Windows Server
- SQL Server
- Visual Studio
- Power BI
- Dynamics CRM
Extended Support for Microsoft Office 2007, which includes Excel and other applications, will end on October 10th 2017. This does not include Exchange 2007, which ended support on April 11th 2017.