At first glance, the only difference between DOC and DOCX formats seems to be the letter ‘X’. Both of them have been developed to enable users to create various types of electronic documents. Nevertheless, the second one has a number of advantages compared to its older version.
Microsoft Word released the new extension in 2007. The main feature of the new one is that it stores documents separately from each other in a zip folder. It solved the problem of large files which often made it impossible to send docs via email. Due to the new compression files, document sizes have been reduced by almost half.
Another issue that’s been resolved is file corruption. The new extension uses simplified XML coding language for pagination (also known as paging, is the process of dividing a document into discrete pages, either electronic pages or printed pages) which reduces the likelihood of faulty documents. The open nature of the new format makes it possible for full-featured Word processors to read it. Even online tools like Google Docs support this type of file. Making .docx editable online involving several users simultaneously.
For operating systems other Windows, the DOCX can also be opened on Mac OS X devices (2008 and 2010). The out-of-date extension can still be used but users have to be ready for unexpected issues to arise.
Thanks for watching tech quickie click the subscribe button and enable notifications with the bell icon so you won't miss any future videos so do you know those little three or four letter suffixes at the end of file names after the dot they're called file extensions and they'll let you and other programs know what kind of file you're dealing with whether it's a movie a song or a love letter and for a very long time whenever you saved a Microsoft Word document you see that the program would slap a dot docx extension onto it which made a lot of sense right doc for document but recently you may have noticed that your files now have a dot X extension so YX is a four extreme to make words sound more exciting than the mere word processor or as Microsoft just trying to tell you that if you need a nice-looking document docx going to give it to you well in a way the answer to that second question is actually yes you see the old doc standard was a proprietary format me that it was designed only to be read properly by ms word doc offered many more features to the plain text documents that could be read by virtually any PC such as the ability to embed comments insert images and use footnotes just to name a few but this also meant that these features had to be encoded in a way that could be read by your word processor and because Microsoft didn't open the standard so that non microsoft programs could read them with 100% accuracy they often don't look quite right if you try to open them in for example LibreOffice writer Google Docs or apples pages and depending on what ms word feature the original file utilized they sometimes ended up looking like a complete mess in fact support for the doc format was even pulls from WordPad the free word processor bundled with Microsoft's own Windows operating system partly because it had a hard time rendering these files properly doc X on the other hand is an open standard meaning that it's available for other programs to fully implement so if you start working on the report in Word and later want to collaborate on it in real time in Google Docs your browser-based copies should play nicely with the original file so the X in docx actually stands for X ml a markup language that's superficially similar to HTML the code that defines how a web page is supposed to look on your screen now since XML is also an open standard that's much more streamlined to the old docx format and not only provides the benefit of greater compatibility but it's simpler structure makes it a more difficult target from malware less susceptible to file errors and easier for your computer to process meaning improved loading times and better responsiveness if you're trying to work with ...