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Data Portability

 

The Data Portability section provides detailed Open Specifications technical documents for certain file formats created by Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook and by SQL Server. Additionally, the documentation describes how user-created data in SQL Server can be extracted for use in other software products.

Although the Open Specifications technical documents are freely available, many of them include patented inventions. Some of these patents are available at no charge under the Open Specifications Promise or the Microsoft Community Promise. The remaining patents are available through various licensing programs. For more information, please visit the Open Specifications Dev Center website or send an email message to the IP Licensing Team.

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Office File Formats .zip file (70+ MB)

SQL Server Data Portability .zip file (35+ MB)
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