Originally Posted by -iceblade^
i've noticed this as well... .doc still is the basic format i save to when giving to other people because they all use office 2003 or don't know how to save as... and i'm not the only one.
There are a number of reasons. DOCX appears not for any technical advantage. Perhaps the only advantage is when rendering a document into a web page, since DOCX is XML. However, large corporations have little need for this, because they don't want their documents to be all over the web anyways, and anything they want on the web will be created by a web master who will use the tools they are used to. It seems to me that DOCX unifies the weaknesses of Word with the misunderstanding that large corporations will want to post each and every document onto a web site without a vetting process in place. Of course, DOCX might have brought advantages to the table, if they could have worked out the flaws in the rendering process.
In the organization I work for, they had enough clout (and the threat that they would compile, customize and support our own version of Open Office) to obtain the version of Office they use in Europe, that is devoid of DOCX as a "default".
Home users do not have the hassles that corporations face. I might have a hundred or so files, lets say, so I can put them in any format I please, and conversions, easy-peasy. But in a corporation, they may be faced with huge numbers of files that would have to be converted. They are also deal with non-savvy people, so any failure for a document to render correctly, or to load correctly, or to be compatible with some lecacy machine - would bring about a work order into IT.
The scope can be vast. Think about the time that would be required to convert the department I work in. Everyone has their own drive, with their own stuff - that would be easy-peasy, even when multiplied by 25 people. But then our share on the Corporate Drive, which has about 2 TB of data that would have to be vetted. Not only documents, but spreadsheets, presentations, databases, etc. Then each of the 22 sites we operate in have their own local drives that would have to be vetted, each site with a variable number of systems, some of them legacy that couldn't even be upgraded. Then the process in which each person in the department would have to vet their own systems (for work at home situations), or the corporate laptops, and the provision of DOCX viewing for the corporate Blackberries, and the vetting of all of the various keychain drives and SD cards floating around. And this process would have to be instant, perhaps a weekend blitz where everyone would be on overtime so we have no downtime. Then the verification that DOCX would work on the non PC equipment, like the hundred or so VXWorks systems we support, and other machines that currently allow the viewing of standard DOC and PDF formatted documents.
And we are just a small department, 25 techs in an organization that has 10,000 people across 25 sites. Then to add in all of the other sites which we are associated with, and need to remain entirely compatible with for data exchange purposes. The problems would be endless. All corporates face this problem. My girlfriend's place is in the same boat, with I don't know how many documents that would need conversion and vetting. I do know that her share of the external drive sits at 200GB in the Documents folder - conversion would be a slow, labour intensive project. And the only has the documents they need for her clients, and for those thing she needs to handle two portions of the six or seven that the organization deals with.
So this is really where a home user will be far along the path, while the corporates will simply never be able to catch up, especially when Office 2010 brings basically nothing but grief to the table for corporates.