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There are a couple of ways to make sure that everyone is able to read, view, and work with Office 2007 documents, presentations, and workbooks.

  • If you are the one who created the Office 2007 file, you can save a copy of it that is compatible with Word 97-2003, PowerPoint 97-2003, or Excel 97-2003. Click one or more of the links in the See also section to learn how to do that for each program.
  • If you are the one who is opening a Word 2007, PowerPoint 2007, or Excel 2007 file with an earlier version, you can download the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats, which will allow you to do just that.

Oxfordshire Broadband Partnership

Whilst campaigning for broadband ORB led the way and tried to get the local authorities, business and the communities to create a partnership to ensure that we could future proof broadband and ensure as technology improved the mainly rural community of Oxfordshire did not get left behind.

The initial meeting in 2004 at West Oxfordshire district council’s offices fell on deaf ears but in late 2005 Oxfordshire County Council changed their minds and under a SEEDA banner, the partnership was created and was able to distribute some grant funding, see

Oxfordshire Rural Broadband

In the autumn of 2003, ORB was created to “light up Oxfordshire”, at this time 40+ of the 89 Oxfordshire exchanges were not about to be upgraded any time soon. ORB put a business plan together to put several linked wireless networks together around the county. This plan was being submitted to SEEDA (the regional development authority) in late November. On 17th November 2002 BT announced trigger levels for the remaining viable exchanges (leaving about 300 without). This unfortunately stopped ORB’s campaign in its tracks.

However part of ORB’s business plan was accepted by the West Oxfordshire Network, who had some European funding available via LEADER+. With matched funding for SEEDA ORB was presented with £56,000 to create a broadband network for the Shipton and Kingham exchanges in West Oxfordshire. The full story can be found here

The network was live providing broadband two years before BT arrived.

The network was put together by Adrian Wooster ( ) and myself using both 5.8GHz and 2.4GHz devices with a 5.8GHz backbone using Lancom units and 4g system meshcubes.

Broadband for Wroxton

In 2002 I started campaigning for broadband in my home village of Hanwell, this was part of the Wroxton St Mary exchange in North Oxfordshire.

The exchange covers the Oxfordshire villages of Hanwell, Horley, Wroxton, Balscote, North Newington, Drayton and the Warwickshire village of Shotteswell with phone number commencing “01295 73”.

The campaign started in June 2002, with a web site at and with lots of leafleting and help from other villagers; the exchange had BT ADSL in August 2004.

At some point the website will be archived but it is still available.