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to export a word 2003... why?

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Hi experts, I have a report in reporting services (view attached about the version).
To view the report using the report viewer, I Enables the option to export a word and only shows that the word 2003.
My question is: why not show the word 2007? if I have installed on my machine this version, I have not installed the office 2003
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When exporting a report to Word, the .doc file is generated on the report server.  The SSRS code knows how to create such a document, so there's no need to have Office installed for that.

As for why 2003 and not 2007: that has to be related to the fact that Office and SQL Server is developed by different teams, both working simultaneously on their "next version".  So while the Office team was busy with 2007, the SQL Server team was developing the export to Word 2003.

As you've probably already noticed, Office 2007 can open Word 2003 files without any problem.
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thank you very much. I need to tell my project manager, you know a URL where you talk about this?
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Hi Enrique,

I'm not sure what you mean with your last question.  If you're looking for details on how the export to Word works (possibly to convince your manager that the export is actually exporting to 2003), here's documentation by Microsoft: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc627455.aspx

On that page you can find the following as one of the limitations:
"Documents created by the Word renderer are not in the Office 2007 DOCX file format but Word 2007 can use the created document because Word 2007 provides full support for the DOC format."

Regards,
Valentino.
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