A file to store text created using free software based on OpenOffice. It’s used to store books, reports, notes, and other textual information. The file has an XML structure, is used as an alternative DOC format and has an open source code.
Since 2007, Microsoft began to use a file format docx, which is created by using the Office Open XML. The format is a zip-file containing the text in the form of XML, graphics and other data that can be translated into a sequence of bits using patent-protected binary formats. At first it was assumed that this format will replace the doc, but both formats are still used today.