Please make Word Automation Services as Standalone Library
Manipulation on Microsoft Word Documents grammatically are very actual. Microsoft does not support "Word Object Model" on unattended scenarios, and Microsoft always make reference to OpenXMLSDK and Sharepoint Word Automation Services.
There is problem OpenXMLSDK is a library, Word Automation Services is not.
In many cases we developers besides manipulation of docx files, we also need convert them to other word supported format.
For that we have to install Windows 2016, Full SharePoint Server to have ability convert files. You may agree, this is too have for just for conversion tasks.
Please make Word Automation Services as Standalone Library (Even not open Source).
Microsoft team, any news according this topic ?
Using other components for conversion can never be ideal. Its a catch up game things will always be missed as Office evolves. Extending the SDK for file conversion would be a massive sigh of relief for many.
Installing SharePoint to get this feature is huge barrier to most and though there are components out there that can do this they often suffer from fidelity issues.
Nick Chivers commented
This makes sense. Maintaining support for Word ensures continuity of Office and SharePoint.