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From time to time, Microsoft may publish a preview, or pre-release, version of an Open Specifications technical document for community review and feedback. To provide feedback for a preview version of a technical document, please follow the instructions for that document, if provided. Otherwise, you can provide feedback for a published technical document by using the Open Specification Forums.

The preview period for a technical document varies. Additionally, not every technical document will be published for preview.

After the preview period, the technical document is published to the appropriate location elsewhere in the Open Specifications for further reference.

The Office Protocols documentation contains detailed specifications for Microsoft protocols that are implemented and used by Office to interoperate or communicate with other Microsoft products. It also contains technical specifications for extensions to industry-standard and other published protocols that are used by Office.

Protocols documentation for pre-release versions of Office is available at Preview Documents.

Protocols documentation for released versions of Office is available at Office Protocols.

The Office File Format documentation contains detailed technical specifications for file formats implemented in certain Office applications, including the binary file formats created by Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and the Outlook Personal Folders (.pst) file format. In addition, the documentation includes a set of companion overview and reference documents that supplement the technical specifications with conceptual background and technical reference information.

File Format documentation for pre-release versions of Office is available at Preview Documents.

File Format documentation for released versions of Office is available at Office File Formats.

The SharePoint Products and Technologies Protocols contains detailed technical specifications for Microsoft protocols that are implemented and used by SharePoint Products and Technologies to interoperate or communicate with other Microsoft products. It also contains technical specifications for extensions to industry-standard and other published protocols that are used by SharePoint Products and Technologies.

Protocols documentation for pre-release versions of SharePoint is available at Preview Documents.

Protocols documentation for released versions of SharePoint is available at SharePoint Products and Technologies Protocols.

The Microsoft SQL Server Protocols documentation defines technical specifications for Microsoft protocols that are implemented and used by SQL Server to interoperate or communicate with other Microsoft products. It also contains technical specifications for extensions to industry-standard and other published protocols that are used by SQL Server. In addition, the documentation includes a companion overview document that supplements the technical specifications with conceptual background and overviews of inter-protocol relationships and interactions information.

Protocols documentation for pre-release versions of SQL Server is available at Preview Documents.

Protocols documentation for released versions of SQL Server is available at SQL Server Protocols.

The Microsoft SQL Server Data Portability documentation explains the various mechanisms by which user-created data in SQL Server can be extracted for use in other software products. These mechanisms include import/export functionality, documented APIs, industry-standard formats, and documented data structures and file formats.

Data Portability documentation for pre-release versions of SQL Server is available at Preview Documents.

Data Portability documentation for released versions of SQL Server is available at SQL Server Data Portability

The Windows Protocols documentation contains detailed technical specifications for Microsoft protocols that are implemented and used by Windows to interoperate or communicate with other Microsoft products. It also contains technical specifications for extensions to industry-standards and other published protocols that are used by Windows. In addition, the documentation includes a set of companion overview and reference documents that supplement the technical specifications with conceptual background, overviews of inter-protocol relationships and interactions, and technical reference information.

Documentation for pre-release versions of Windows is at Preview Versions.

Documentation for released versions of Windows was last updated June 1st, 2017, and is at Windows Protocols.

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