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Microsoft delivered 2007 Office ‘Supplement Release (October 2009)’ to OEM – End users to get via Windows Update

As part of the legal defeat, Microsoft must remove offending code from Word by Jan 11, 2010. To address this, Microsoft recently delivered 2007 Microsoft Office Supplement Release (October 2009) to OEM partners, PC makers and system builders that ship Office 2007 to customers. According to Microsoft, “after this patch is installed, Word will no longer read Custom XML elements contained within DOCX, DOCM, or XML files. These files will continue to open, but any Custom XML elements will be removed. The ability to handle custom XML markup is typically used in association with automated server based processing of Word documents. Custom XML is not typically used by most end users of Word.” While the supplemental release is available only to PC makers and system builders, it’s likely that Microsoft will deliver a similar patch directly to end users via Windows Update and Automatic Updates soon. That patch will be made available both for Word 2007, the current version of the product, and Word 2003, the previous version.

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