SSRS Report Manager Excel Extension

Hello experts -

We are upgrading our SQL servers from 2008 to 2012 which brings with it the upgrade to the xlsx extension when sending Excel attachments. Is there any way to change the default from xlsx back to xls on a report by report basis? I am hoping this will be a non-issue, but I would not be surprised if we have some customers with software that cannot read xlsx format.

Thank you.

-- Lisa
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ManjuIT - Project ManagerCommented:
Hello -

In SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services, the default Excel renderer is the version compatible with current (.xlsx) Microsoft Excel files. This is the Excel option on the Exporting menus in the Reporting Services web portal and SharePoint list.

Please note: The Microsoft Excel 2003 rendering extension is deprecated. For more information, see here

When you use the default Excel renderer, instead of the earlier Excel 2003 (.xls) renderer, you can install the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to allow earlier versions of Excel to open the files that are exported.

The earlier version of the Excel renderer, compatible with Excel 2003, is now named Excel 2003 and is listed on menus using that name. The content type of files generated by this renderer is application/vnd.ms-excel and the file name extension of files is .xls.

By default, the Excel 2003 menu option is not visible. An administrator can make it visible under certain circumstances by updating the RSReportServer configuration file. To export reports from SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) using the Excel 2003 renderer, you update the RSReportDesigner configuration file.
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