Pay attention to your document file extensions! DOC
becomes DOCX, PPT
to PPTX and XLS
Macintosh Office 2004 users will need either a converter or an alternative application until Office 2008 is released:
Be sure to define what file formats your students should use when submitting assignments via email or from within Blackboard.
Blackboard Corporate post on 6/5/2007
Microsoft Office 2007 (for Windows) introduces a new file format for Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft Office Excel, and Microsoft Office PowerPoint files. The new file format is XML-based and automatically compresses when saved and decompresses when opened using zip compression technology. New file name extensions are included with these new file formats. As a result, Microsoft Office Word files which were appended with .doc are now, in general, appended with .docx. There are also further file formats that represent templates and, for security reasons, clearly identify files that rely on Visual Basic macros. For the most part, users will be working with the .docx extension.
The new file name extensions are not recognized as supported MIME types in the Blackboard Academic Suite. As a result of the unrecognized file name extension and the use of zip compression technology, Microsoft Office 2007 files that are uploaded to the Blackboard Academic Suite appear with a .ZIP file name extension instead of the appropriate Microsoft Office 2007 file name extension.
LRCCD is testing a MIME update on the Bb server (July 2007) before Fall 2007 classes begin.