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Over the past few months, I have had a number of questions about the Excel 2007 viewer – mostly, will there be an Excel 2007 viewer, and when will it be ready. (For those that are not familiar with the term “viewer”, viewers are applications that Microsoft provides for free that enable people who do not have Office programs to open and look at Office files. There are viewers available for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, and they work with files created in any version of Office between Office 97 and Office 2003. You can get a copy of the Excel viewer here.)
The answer is that there will be an Excel 2007 viewer, and it should be available shortly after we ship Office 2007. It will not be available right after we ship, since we are pretty busy working on the application itself, but it should be shortly thereafter.
Makes sense to me: You release the “viewer” AFTER you release the “creator” (^_^)
Would it not be possible to run Excel (or Word or Powerpoint) in a 'read only mode' to act as a viewer?
That would be like opening an egg with a sledghammer.
The viewer should only be a small install, easily downloaded.
to get any information about excel 2007
Folks - one other thing a co-worker pointed out is that if you download the Compatibility Pack (blogs.msdn.com/.../774087.aspx) with the Viewer, you will be able to open files in the XL2007 file format to read their contents without needing a copy of Office 2007.