Some people nowadays are using Microsoft Office 2008 in creating their office applications. The utilization of this new version of office applications poses problems regarding compatibility and portability of office documents. If you have noticed, Office 2008 documents contains and extended character at the end of their file types (docx for doc, xlsx for xls, pptx for ppt). All of these new file extensions are not compatible with the previous versions of the Microsoft Office suite. There was even an instance when I forgot to save my document as an office 2003 compatible document. When I transferred to the workstation which uses an older version of Microsoft Office, I have encountered problems in opening my document.
Last night, I was able to find a way to convert office 2008 files to office 2003 compatible files without the use of any office 2008 applications. These conversion tools are online applications, which makes it more robust in terms of portability.
- Docx2Doc is a web service which offers free conversion of docx documents to doc format. http://www.docx2doc.com/
- Zamzar is another service which offers document conversions. The advantage of Zamzar is its capability to convert not only office documents, but also images, music, archives and videos as well. http://zamzar.com/
- NEW! Thanks to Michael for sharing this resource. TDS Converter offers free conversion of docx to doc. http://converter.tds.lv/
In fact, there are a lot of free online conversion tools available in the net. All you have to do is google your desired keyword for the file you wanted to convert.