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Other FAQs describe the theory and the EPS specification as laid out by Adobe (who invented the whole thing).
Some apps go beyond the bare minimum laid down by the spec, some don't implement the spec correctly in all respects, and some do whatever they feel like with utter disregard for the way things are supposed to be done.
The Good Guys
Trying, But Not There Yet
Ventura Publisher used to import EPS/WMF previews properly but since around version 4.2, no longer does. Tsk.
Wall of shame
I've fought with EPS in PowerPoint and occasionally Word through four or so generations of MS Office. Every version has been different in the way it handles EPS, each has had its own crop of peculiarities, and to make matters worse, the behaviors seem to change with each service pack and sometimes as the result of installing other MS software on the same system because of shared graphics filters.
Life's too short to try and keep up with this. Look at it this way: if your version of MSWhatever properly imports EPS, treasure it. Don't let it leave your sight, and above all, don't install anything else on that computer.
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