Microsoft Corp. will not post new tools that would allow users of Office 2007 to access blocked file formats, as it has done for customers running Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3). It cited a lack of interest in such tools and said existing work-arounds accomplish the same thing.
Last week, after some users complained that Office 2003 SP3 had changed the suite’s security defaults so that applications would no longer open numerous file formats — including one used by Corel Corp.’s CorelDraw graphics software — Microsoft apologized to Corel and posted downloads that let users unblock formats without manually editing the Windows registry.
The company also said it was sorry. “We recognize that we have not made any of this as usable as we’d like, and we apologize that this hasn’t been as well documented or as easy as you need it to be,” David LeBlanc, a senior software development engineer with the Office team, said last Friday.
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