• Andy Simonds Blog

    Best places to get XPS Info

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    Since I moved over to the Office team this blog (primarily focused on XPS) is not very active. If you are looking for the latest info on XPS, here are some helpful links: XPS implementation information at http://www.microsoft.com/xps XPS in Vista...
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    We are Done!!!

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    Wooohooooo!!!! Windows Vista RTM'd today: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/default.mspx Almost 5 years of my life working on this project and we are done. I can't wait to see everyone using it. That is the reward for working so hard on something...
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    .NET Framework 3.0 is Released

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    Sort of Chapter 1 of a 3-part release of the innovation we have been working on for the last 4 or so years. Chapter 1 - .NET 3.0. Contains all of the XPS and OPC document APIs, XPS Viewer and XPS print driver and runs on Windows XP (built into Windows...
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    Seen and Noted

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    A few things to note: A very cool white-board demo you have to see. Posted on Nils van Boxsel's blog (who has a lot of interesting things up on his blog). I noticed that Adobe has announced a new project called 'Mars' . It seems to be essentially...
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    Kofax Announces XPS Support

    Kofax recently sent out a press release regarding support for XPS in their toolkit for the document capture industry. Kofax technology is utilized by a majority of the document scanning vendors in the industry and their support for XPS is an important...
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    XPS v1 is on-line

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    The final v1.0 of the XPS spec is available for download. Get it here . - Andy
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    XML Paper Specification v1.0 RTMs!!!!!!!!

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    At 11:30 AM PST - the final version of the XML Paper Specification (v1.0) RTM'd. This is a great day and represents an incredible amount of hard work, blood-shed, tears, slaying dragons (and lawyers) by the team to get to this point. We started on this...
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    New Windows Vista PC

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    I’ve finally purchased my ‘Vista’ PC for my home. My new PC was custom built from parts from Fry’s with the help (or should I say completely assembled why I just watched) by Britt from the D2 team (thanks Britt). It’s a smokin’ machine, pretty blue LED...
  • Andy Simonds Blog

    What's going on?

    A few random updates. But 1st, I mentioned putting up a picture of the spec. Here it is in its' baby-blue splendor: Will these internally printed copies be worth anything at some point? Something about it seems more valuable than the boring bits...
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    New DigSig Article

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    A new article on digital signatures is up on MSDN . Written by Andrey Shur (our all-knowing, all-seeing PM on packaging technology) it gives an overview of how the whole OPC Digital Signing Framework works. I know the Bears and Seahawks are playing this...
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    XPS .95 now available

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    Version .95 of the XPS spec is now available. Download it from the XPS download site . Also, go to the main XPS blog to get all the details on what is new and what is changed with this version. Specs were printed out in baby-blue this time. Last version...
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    InfoTrends talk in Boston

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    Next week I am off to Boston to speak at the InfoTrends Office Document Solutions conference . Feel free to make fun of the bad picture of me on the website. The title of my talk is 'XPS Revealed'. I'm going to take an stab at really explaining some of...
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    Beta 2 of XPS Essentials Pack is out

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    Beta 2 of the XPS essentials pack is out. Read about the details and how to download at the XPS team blog . Here is the quick list of what is in the pack: A stand-alone XPS Document Viewer Microsoft XPS Document Writer to output files to the...
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    RC1 is out

    RC1 of .NET 3.0 and Windows Vista has shipped. If you are a beta tester for Vista you already should have access to the released bits. Anyone can download .NET 3.0 from here . .NET 3.0 contains the latest bits of Windows Presentation Foundation and of...
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    MXDW in July .NET 3.0 CTP

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    In the July CTP of .NET 3.0 (formerly WinFX) the XPS print driver (MXDW) is included in the package. This may have been missed by a lot of people because, frankly we kind of forgot to tell everyone. So, if you are using Windows XP and have been wondering...
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    Updated Hardware Logo Requirements for XPS and WSD

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    We've announced some new requirements for hardware supporting XPS and WSD. Specifically we are giving 1 year additional time for vendors to implement XPS and WSD before requiring those technologies in order to receive a Windows Premium Logo. Here is...
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    Windows Media Photo Update

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    There is new info posted on the web regarding Windows Media Photo licensing. Latest info on licensing and a sample agreement is now posted. The main Windows Media Photo page is here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/forpros/wmphoto...
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    New D2 Newsletter and WinHEC slides

    A new D2 newsletter hit the stands today. If you are still not getting the newsletter please go subscribe . Lots of material in the newsletter. One of the topics is that we re-cover the changes we are making due to Adobe's threats. No new changes to report...
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    Flickr Addiction

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    This year I have gotten more and more addicted to Flickr. Don't know how it happened. I've tried several photo sites including msn-spaces as a way to share photos, but Flickr seems to be the best. Photography is probably my #2 hobby behind golf (and when...
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    WinFX rebranded as .NET Framework 3.0

    Friday we announced rebranding WinFX as .NET Framework 3.0. You can read about the details is Soma's blog . - Andy
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    XPS at TechEd 2006

    Microsoft TechEd 2006 is next week and we will have a session on XPS there. Marcio will be going solo with no support from his team, so if you are there, offer to carry something for him. Description of the session: DEV324 Windows Vista As a Document...
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    Windows Vista Product Guide

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    The Windows Vista Product Guide is available up on ms.com. It seems to have finished its’ appearing-disappearing act and is up there permanently. Some links strangely point directly to the word doc forcing you to download a 60MB file instead of the smaller...
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    XPS, PDF and Adobe

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    So it is certainly an interesting news day today. For those interested in the world of PDF and XPS, you probably have already read the Wall Street Journal Article about changes we are making because of Adobe. There are also a few other articles that cover...
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    Brian Jones Blog about PDF in Office

    Brian just posted an entry about the decision to remove PDF support from Office. http://blogs.msdn.com/brian_jones/archive/2006/06/02/613702.aspx
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    WinHEC and Beta 2

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    It’s been a big week. WinHEC is wrapping up and we have shipped Beta 2. Beta 2 is awesome (I have been 'XP-free' for several months and love it) and it means we are really headed towards shipping. I stopped by the Beta 2 ship party today here on campus...
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