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Chapter 1. Microsoft Office and XML > Different XML Faces of Office

1.3. Different XML Faces of Office

Microsoft Office has always bundled a set of tools specialized for working with information of particular kinds. The new XML functionality continues that tradition, with each application in the bundle using XML in ways that fit its particular task. Microsoft has also added a new application, InfoPath, to the Enterprise Edition of Microsoft Office, filling a common business need for flexible forms-based interfaces to structured information.

1.3.1. Word: Editing Documents

Word began as a program that let people express their thoughts on paper, and most users tend to think of it as a conveniently editable typewriter. Although Word has added more features over time, like mail merge capabilities and web page editing, it is still squarely focused on documents. While it's possible to use Word as a calculator or a database, its primary strength has always been the creation of documents.


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