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Name Microsoft Word for Windows
Version 2007 onwards
Other names  
Identifiers MIME:  application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document
PUID:  fmt/412
Family  
Classification Word Processor
Disclosure  
Description From Microsoft Office 2007 onwards, the core output format of MS Word has been based on the Office Open XML (OOXML) file format. The ISO standard for OOXML is ISO/IEC DIS 29500. An OOXML file format consists of a compressed zip archive that is designated according to which file type it is. Further detail on OOXML can be found within fmt/189 - Microsoft Office Open XML. An alternative extension of .wbk refers to a backup file of a Word document, however there is no material or structural difference between a .wbk file and the .doc file it is a backup of.
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Related file formats Is supertype of Microsoft Word Template (2007 onwards)
Is supertype of Microsoft Word Macro-Enabled Document Template (2007 onwards)
Technical Environment  
Released  
Supported until  
Format Risk  
Developed by Microsoft Corporation
Supported by Microsoft Corporation
Source Digital Preservation Department / The National Archives
Source date 11 Jun 2012
Source description This format can be identified via a container signature in DROID version 6 or later. The PRONOM database cannot currently represent container signatures.
Last updated 11 Jun 2012
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