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Microsoft is Evil

Posted in Life by Chris on January 9, 2008

They used to say that Google was evil. And, in some ways (thinking of their complicity with Chinese censorship) they very well may be. But one thing is for certain: Microsoft is evil. Someone out there needs to answer me one question: why do the new Word files come in “docx” format, a format that can’t be read by any other Word version? I mean wow — I have the ancient version of Word from last year. And it can’t read them. I’ve tried to download the Compatibility Pack to fix the problem, but with no success.

Can anyone out there help? And why is Microsoft evil?


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  1. Million said, on January 9, 2008 at 12:11 pm


    I hate to say it but your options are very limited. You see, Microsoft is one of those companies that realize “knowledge is money.” If they can program their software a certain way, and make everyone require using THEIR software, then they are sure to get rich. Kinda like how Rockefeller cut Tesla’s funding because he wanted to ensure that there would always be a place to put an electric meter. Tesla had found safe ways to transmit electricity without wires. Rockefeller didn’t like that.

    In fact, just about everything online has issues like this. Most file formats are owned including .mp3 and .jpeg. The deal is it’s not profitable [or feasible] for them to enforce their ownership. Since all this computer stuff is new there’s a lot of tension between the public at large and private interests. Your best bet is to scrap office altogether.

    Drastic I know, but there is some very good open source software out there that very gifted programmers make… for free.

    [Ok, I’m going to shut up because my opinion is WAY too loud here. Microsoft and “the establishment” isn’t THAT evil, but I do get a lot of personal satisfaction in seeing how egalitarian the internet can be.]

    Check out: http://www.openoffice.org/

    The only problem with this is you can’t open student’s files. In which case, you need to use an old version of Office. That’s right… you’ll need TWO versions installed. The University should be able to install a new copy for you. Tech services is nice.

    Last things last, Microsoft has a Compatibility Pack that should help you out. The link is at: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/923505

    But really, you should just say forget it and stick it to the man.

  2. Million said, on January 9, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    My bad, I just double checked the compatibility pack and I have a feeling the problem has to do with the XML format which it exports your information in. XML is an interchange format that can be used across ANY type of file so the update should let you read them.

    The thing is you have to go into the old files individually and save them as the type of XML that the compatibility pack let you save as. This way you should be able to open them with the new version of Word.

    Let me know if this works and sorry about the massive number of posts.

  3. adamqp said, on January 9, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    If you’re trying to send someone a docx file, just save it “as” a different format, but if you’re trying to read someone else’s docx file it gets a little tricky. If you just need to read, try DocX converter. If you need to actually modify the document, well, that’s while Microsoft is evil. This site looks like it will convert down to plain old .doc, but you have to upload to his server. Other than that, I’d say get your collaborator to resend in a different format.

  4. Chris said, on January 9, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Hey guys — thanks. I finally got it to work with the “Compatibility Pack”. Still, this is so unnecessary. I agree with Million, Microsoft is evil. Look, I can understand that they it so that you can’t open a competitor’s document with Word. They want you to use Word, after all. But you treat their own OLDER versions of the product as if it were a competitor’s? That’s just evil. I don’t know how else to put it.

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