Office 2013 Add Strict Open XML, ODF 1.2, "PDF Reflow"; IT Admin Guide Office & SharePoint 2013 Apps; Configuring Lync-to-Phone for Office 365; Dev Center App Publishing on "Temporarily Hold"

Office 2013, will be coming with support for the Strict Open XML format as well as the Open Document Format (ODF) 1.2. Aside from supporting these two formats, Microsoft has added the ability to open PDF files as editable Office documents, which the company calls "PDF Reflow." "With this functionality, you can transform your PDFs […]

Office 2013, will be coming with support for the Strict Open XML format as well as the Open Document Format (ODF) 1.2.

Aside from supporting these two formats, Microsoft has added the ability to open PDF files as editable Office documents, which the company calls "PDF Reflow."

"With this functionality, you can transform your PDFs back into fully editable Word documents, rehydrating headings, bulleted/numbered lists, tables, footnotes, etc. by analyzing the contents of the PDF file," Microsoft explained. The idea behind this is to bring the contents of the PDF file back into an editable format using Word 2013, rather than making Word into a PDF reader/editor.

The following table shows the evolution of file format support in the last few versions of Office:

Office 2013 adds Strick Open XML and Open Document Format (ODF) 1.2 support

In another Office Next blog post, Microsoft talk about deployment, management and security of apps for Office and SharePoint for enterprises. Apps for Office and SharePoint come with two main components: a web app and a manifest file.

"The manifest file is what is used to "deploy" the apps, they're managed through the Office Store, or for internal apps the app catalog. Users then hit the Office Store and App Catalog when they look for an app, and the manifest file is returned. The manifest points to the actual web app, which can run on the developer's favorite hosting service (Azure, IIS, LAMP, etc…)," Microsoft explained.

"For SharePoint apps we even provide an option for developers who don't want to host the web app on their own servers. They can package the web app files with the manifest and submit the full package into the Office Store. When the app is installed we will automatically deploy the server code directly into Windows Azure." Microsoft stated.

Learn more about security with apps for Office and SharePoint by reading the following articles:

Learn more about how to deploy and manage apps for Office and SharePoint in the following articles:

The following video, applies to "administrators of Office 365 for enterprise" show you how to configure Lync-to-phone using the Microsoft Office 365 portal and the Lync Online Control Panel.

In other Microsoft product news,

Windows Phone Dev Center which was opened last week, now has "app publishing temporarily on hold," as the platform encounterd an issue "with the digital certificates used to sign apps, and that's caused to temporarily stop publishing new apps," Todd Brix stated.

Adding, "The issue impacts only phones that upgraded to Windows Phone 7.5 from an earlier version of the operating system and only apps published in the last couple of days. We've already identified the problem and are working to resolve it and resume certifying and publishing apps as quickly as possible," added Brix.

"Some customers who try to download a new app may see an error message. If they're attempting to update an existing app, they might repeatedly be prompted to retry the update. We don't recommend that people uninstall these apps because they might not be able to download and use them again until we deploy our fix," he said.