In Memory of Jim Durkin

Jim Durkin was a highly valued member of our team at Microsoft and the owner of Open XML marketing for Microsoft. While a member of the team for a short time, he was instrumental in making some significant strides with Open XML.

Jim was the driving force behind two new Open XML efforts for accessibility; Subtitling Add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint (STAMP) and Save as DAISY. Both of these are open source add-ins that enable better access to both Word and PowerPoint.

  • Subtitling Add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint (STAMP) - A subtitling add-in that enables captioned videos to be embedded in PowerPoint presentations.  Timed text synchronization adds access features to training and business presentations for the hearing impaired.
  • Save As DAISY for Office 2010- An updated add-in for MS Word that saves documents as digital talking books in the industry-standard DAISY format for Office 2010, 2007 and 2003. Text to speech adds access features for the print impaired.

Jim had great business insight and was an incredibly hard worker. He brought both laughter and fun to our daily existence and strong business decisions that we will continue to carry out in his absence. His deep sense of caring affected everyone around him.

In his honor we dedicate this new site of OpenXMLDeveloper.org, knowing that it is not equal to what he gave us, but that it is a public appreciation of his commitment to Open XML and to the fact that we miss having him around.

The Office Platform Team

Below is a picture of Jim Durkin (left) giving a presentation with George Kerscher (right) on STAMP & DAISY.