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writing document formats -- do I need to convert?

Background: I got a new laptop last week. Previously, my writing program was Corel and my files saved as wpd. However, Corel is not compatible with Windows 8.1, so I downloaded OpenOffice. The wpd files converted to XML 1.0 text documents -- which, when I tried to open them, were complete gibberish.

While browsing the OpenOffice community forum for solutions, I saw a recommendation for LibreOffice and downloaded LO (actually, it wouldn't download until the third try, but whatever...) Now all those documents have changed to OpenOffice.org 1.1 Text Documents -- and they opened in LO just fine!

My question: do I need to convert these documents to a more recent format so that other people (who may not be running LO) can read them? I have at least 500 separate files.

writing document formats -- do I need to convert?

Background: I got a new laptop last week. Previously, my writing program was Corel and my files saved as wpd. However, Corel is not compatible with Windows 8.1, so I downloaded OpenOffice. The wpd files converted to XML 1.0 text documents -- which, when I tried to open them, were complete gibberish.

While browsing the OpenOffice community forum for solutions, I saw a recommendation for LibreOffice and downloaded LO (actually, it wouldn't download until the third try, but whatever...) Now all those documents have changed to OpenOffice.org 1.1 Text Documents -- and they opened in LO just fine!

My question: do I need to convert these documents to a more recent format so that other people (who may not be running LO) can read them? I have at least 500 separate files.