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On Sun, May 13, 2012 at 7:50 PM, Brian Barker <> wrote:
Note that those [the freeware Microsoft viewers for Word, Excel, and
Powerpoint document files] will not open .docx files: ...

Natively, this is true, but read on ... "Please note that there was not a
Word Viewer created for Word Viewer 2007 or Word Viewer 2010. To view Word
2007 and 2010 documents, please download the following link and install the
Office Compatibility Pack noted below"

I like the typos on the MS site! The "following link" links to an Office
Compatibility Pack for older versions of MS Office, so those with no MS
Office installed cannot view Word 2007/2010 files.

I think you miss the point here: the instruction is both to download (the
viewer) and install the Compatibility Pack.

The Compatibility Pack is indeed intended for systems with Microsoft Office
XP (2002) or 2003 and it enables those versions of Office, as modified, to
open, edit, and save documents in the new "x" formats.  But it is equally
applicable to the freeware viewers (which are effectively cut-down versions
of components of Office 2003) and enables the viewers, as similarly
modified, to open, display, and print documents in the newer formats too.

Hi, Brian. Are you suggesting that the compatibility packs update the
Word | Powerpoint | Excel Viewers? I understood that to not be the
case when I last tried some years ago (~2009, and the code has not
been updated since I see).

Dotan Cohen

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