Microsoft added new file formats to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007, 2010, and 2013 to reduce file size, improve security and reliability, and enhance integration with external sources. To help ensure that you can exchange documents between Microsoft Office releases, Microsoft developed a Compatibility Pack for the Word, Office Excel, and Office PowerPoint file formats. This Compatibility Pack works with files created by Office 2013, Office 2010 and the 2007 Office systems.
The Open XML Formats usher in a new era of openness and transparency for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Solution developers can take advantage of a host of new integration opportunities to connect documents to important sources of information. Learn more about the Open XML Formats.