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On 2012-05-13 12:50 PM, Brian Barker <> wrote:
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.

The problem with the Compatability Pack is, it takes over *all* file associations for *all* Office documents, including the ordinary .doc, .xls and .ppt files... this confuses users who are not computer saavy...

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