It appears that Science, the journal of the America Association for the Advancement of Science, itself the largest scientific society in the world, has updated its authoring guidelines to include advice for Office 2007 users. The news is not good.And here I thought maybe they were rejecting Word entirely. Ah, it could happen. Most papers in physics, mathematics, and computer science journals are already formatted in TeX, if I'm not mistaken. So there is some diversity in publishing software; it's not all a monoculture."Because of changes Microsoft has made in its recent Word release that are incompatible with our internal workflow, which was built around previous versions of the software, Science cannot at present accept any files in the new .docx format produced through Microsoft Word 2007, either for initial submission or for revision. Users of this release of Word should convert these files to a format compatible with Word 2003 or Word for Macintosh 2004 (or, for initial submission, to a PDF file) before submitting to Science."— SCIENCE PUBS REJECT ARTICLES WRITTEN IN WORD 2007, by Rob Weir, Rob Weir Blog, Thursday, May 31, 2007
Meanwhile, the main reason Science rejected Word 2007 is that it is not backwards compatible with previous versions of Word, thus illustrating the Microsoft dilemma: stick with the old and retain customers, or fix problems and lose some. Not so big a dilemma with Word, perhaps. How many submittors to Science are there, as compared with business Word users? But much more of a problem for security fixes that require breaking backwards compatibility.