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No it doesn't. It supports a transitional, half-baked, non-standard implementation that is incompatible with the ISO standard. It's sort of like MS Office's support for ODF, which is also non-standard. Microsoft do not support standards (even ones that they push for), they re-invent them.
+1!

MS doesn't use DOCX internally because of the rendering bugs that they can't purge. The faults of DOC format are at least known and quantified, and people have worked their way around them. DOCX, I know of exactly zero benefits to using it...
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I have a purchased 2003 myself, and it's been a good workhorse. I can't get used to that stupid ribbon bar in 2007 and wish MS had an option to revert to 2003 menus.

I might have to switch to 2007 permanently though as my university has been using it on their computers and their thesis templates are in doc and docx now; they have some rather exacting publication requirements (margins, spacing, etc) so the templates are crucial. If the 2003 doc version is no longer updated, I won't have a choice but to use 2007 since 2003's file format converter is not perfect.
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If they want to send me a document, they can send me a real format, like TXT, RTF, DOC or PDF - all of which are valid and work - while DOCX is just a horror show of incompatibility and bad rendering.
I guess you're not a fan of ODF because it's XML as well?
    
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