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Developers who are working with and implementing Microsoft Open Specifications can obtain assistance from Microsoft and its engineers, including managed technical support, through a variety of means:

  • Forums
  • Microsoft Knowledge Base
  • Other support options, including Microsoft Support, chat, blogs, and partner programs

For more information about support options, email the Interop Documentation Support Team. To see the latest interoperability news posts, visit the News page.

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Office XML, ODF, and Binary File FormatsDiscuss the technical content and implementation of the Office binary file formats (.doc, .xls, .ppt, .pst, etc.), the Open XML file formats (ISO/IEC 29500) (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx, etc.), the ODF 1.1 standard, and the Open Packaging Conventions APIs (ISO/IEC 29500-2). For questions about the Open XML format itself, visit the forums on OpenXMLDeveloper.org.
Office ProtocolsDiscuss the technical content and implementation of the Office protocols described in the Open Specifications.
Exchange Server ProtocolsDiscuss the technical content and implementation of the Exchange Server protocols described in the Open Specifications.
SharePoint Server ProtocolsDiscuss the technical content and implementation of the SharePoint Server protocols described in the Open Specifications.
SQL Server ProtocolsDiscuss the technical content and implementation of the SQL Server protocols described in the Open Specifications.
Windows File Sharing ProtocolsDiscuss the technical content and implementation of Server Message Block (SMB) protocols described in the Open Specifications.
Windows ProtocolsDiscuss the technical content and implementation of the Windows (including .NET Framework) protocols described in the Open Specifications.
Open Specifications QuestionsDiscuss the technical content and implementation of the Open Specifications documents, their organization, language conventions, references, and interoperability scenarios.

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