Whilst you don't have to use any Microsoft tools or technology to create, manipulate or consume OpenXML files, Microsoft does provide a library for accessing these files as part of the .Net 3.0 (aka WinFX) technologies in the System.IO.Packaging namespace.
Brian Jones reports that Microsoft announced the release of an early preview of a managed API for the Open XML formats today at TechEd . This SDK is built on top of the System.IO.Packaging API and provides strongly typed part classes to manipulate Open XML documents. It's available for download from here and there's an online version here.
Essentially this one more tool that will help developers be more productive by making it quicker and easier to build solutions using OpenXML.
The documentation includes a class diagram (above) and fifteen "How to" documents:-
Using the SDK is simple, you just need to install it, and add a reference to it in your project.
Then code away!
Some more folks posted about the Open XML formats SDK which we released yesterday as a technology preview:
I was so busy with activities related to the announcement of the new SDK yesterday that I didn't get
The good thing about having too much work to do when I got back from TechEd is that by now other people