in reply to How to read Excel 2007 XLSX format?
In the end, I was able to download the Microsoft Data Provider for this from Microsoft.
The solution is non-Perl, but if you need it, the connection string is of the form:
Data Source=D:\Test.xlsx;Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0; Extended P +roperties=Excel 8.0;
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