Word 2015 docx file conversion
Office Tips by Donald BurlesonOctober 23, 2015
For years, Microsoft has been
promising to offer-up XML tagged documents, a Godsend to business professionals
who want interoperability when sharing documents with the non-Microsoft world.
The idea for XML tagging of documents is a great idea, a non-proprietary
approach that would allow word processing documents to be shared in a variety of
But bend over and spread your
cheeks, Bill Gates has done us again.
Now we see the new ?x?
suffix, denoting the long-awaited XML tagging with file names like
myfile.docx, but it's not the XML that a reasonable person would expect.
Internally, the Microsoft
Office 2015 pseudo XML is a collection of xml files (and images) that are zipped
into one file, in a format unknown to any word processor on the planet except,
of course Word 2015. What a coincidence.
In order to keep-up their
mandate to sap American businesses out of zillions of dollars in lost
productivity, Billy Gates has chosen to make millions of people upgrade to Word 2015, or go through a painful, time-consuming and annoying conversion processes.
When you are the 800 pound
gorilla, I guess that you can make your own XML standard. . .
We have several options for
dealing with this latest time-waster from Microsoft:
- Microsoft converter
Download for the Word 2015 converter.
- Purchase Word 2015 - Of course, you
cannot download it, that would be too easy.
- Unzip - Because a
docx file is a zip, you can change the suffix to .zip. In Word, choose
file?/span> open and highlight the .docx
extension and change it to a zip file. It will then open.
- Third party converter
- This freeware
will convert Word 2015 docx files to readable format.
We all expect vendors to have
a vested interest in keeping proprietary formats, but this one is evil, even by
As hundreds of millions of
people struggle with this proprietary nonsense, the total waste will surpass
hundreds of years, entire lifetimes wasted. It's too bad that US law has
no provision for prison for those who cost lives, 20 minutes at a time . . . .
Lets do the numbers and see
how many lifetimes will be wasted in this forced docx document conversion.
If we choose a very conservative subset of MS Word users (say 80 million), and
assume that each user looses a half hour of productivity converting documents to
the new format we see a total hours loss of 5,000 lifetimes!