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When saving an MS Office document with password, what is the difference 'Encryption with password and 'General Option'

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With EE's help we were able to identify the encryption used in MS Office 2010; 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is used (others also available).  Up-to now, we found two ways of saving a document with password:

"File >> Encryption with password" and "Save As >> General Option".
(see pic below)

file-encryptsave-as



Is there a difference between the two?
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The General options give the option of having separate passwords to open and modify whereas the Encryption with password just has the option to encrypt the document with a password but provide the same level of security.
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/safeguard-your-office-2007-files-with-encryption-document-protection-and-digital-signatures/
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But both option encrypts the document the same way? In other words, if we use "save as >> General Option" it doesn't mean is less secure or a different encryption that in "File >> Encryption and Passwors"?
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Same AES encryption
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Thanx
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