Tuesday, November 01, 2005

New Office 12 Formats & GIS

Any thoughts out there about MS Office 12 changing formats to XML-based formats and the implications associated with GIS software? Specifically, ESRI software. I thought I'd ask. So, I'm thinkin'...

  • If MS is going with XML-based Office formats, what's stopping them from coming out with XML-based GIS data formats?
  • Google has XML-based file formats.
  • GML... Der.
  • How 'bout upgrades to ArcGIS or AX to cover the change?
  • Or, will we begin to see Office/Google mash-ups?
  • Or, will Microsoft products become standard mash-ups that anyone can use... As long as you have access to the servers?
Talk about migrating from Windows to the Web. [Web 2.0.1, anyone?]


Anonymous Brian Flood said...

I'm not sure the whole XML file format directly impacts the GIS industry. Office12 will open all of the old formats and will still contain the old OLE linking support as well. From what I can tell, the main thrust of this version is the complete overhaul of the UI (which is quite massive). For a (very) good tkae on the Office team's thought process, you can check out this blog by one of their PMs

He has a lot of good comments on UIs in general

11/01/2005 02:56:00 PM  

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