Microsoft Drops Support Of Office 97-2003 File Format With Windows Phone Mango

Office Mobile is getting significant update with Windows Phone Mango release. Each of the product including Word, Excel, OneNote are getting new features and updates. Along with the good news, there is a bad news as well. Office Mobile in Windows Phone Mango will not support Office 97-2003 file format editing, but you can view them. FYI, Office Mobile in Windows Phone NoDo supports editing of old files. When pocketnow contacted Office Mobile product manager on this issue, he replied with following comment,

Office Mobile on the next release of Windows Phone, codenamed Mango, will be available later this year and will deliver many improvements for customers. With Office Mobile on the Mango release, people will be able to open and view most Office files with the rich formatting they expect. In addition, newer Office files created with Office 2007 SP2, Office 2010 or the Office Web Apps (e.g., files with extensions .docx, .xlsx, .pptx) can be edited with Office Mobile on Mango. When it comes to older Office files (e.g. files with extensions .doc, .xls, .ppt), our testing revealed an unacceptable risk of data and formatting loss during editing, and therefore, these files can only be opened and viewed. Some newer Office files will also open as “read-only” if they contain certain elements, for example: documents that are marked final, digitally signed or have tracked changes; or Excel workbooks with macros, data tables or external references. We will provide documentation of these cases in a Microsoft support article before Mango becomes available to customers.

That’s quite annoying that whenever you receive an email in old Office file format you won’t be able to edit it. The same goes for older files residing in SkyDrive and SharePoint. At last, its better to have simple system supporting new file formats than losing data and formatting with older file format support. What do you think?
via: pocketnow

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