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    WinFX Beta 2 available for download

    WinFX Beta 2 is available for download here . This will give you the exact platform bits for WinFX including the XPS platform components and XPS viewer that are in Windows Vista. You can install this on XP or Server 2003. - Andy
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    Some Recent Press

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    A bunch of press over the last 2 weeks. Thought I would play the manual news-feed effort and collect them here. - Andy Sharp to Use Zoran's IPSTM XPS Software in Multifunction Peripherals Sharp comes to the party with plans for XPS support...
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    AIIM Day 3 - Final Day

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    AIIM - Final Day Like all shows, the last day is always slow. Still, we had a lot of traffic in the booth in the morning. I headed out at noon to catch my flight home, but heard that even until 3 we still had a constant flow of people in the booth...
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    AIIM Day 2

    An amazing day. Went by so fast. We had a steady run of people coming by the booth, a lot busier than yesterday. Good attendance for our theater presentation and the general session. We had the ability to interact with CTOs, VPs and CIOs from all sorts...
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    AIIM Day 1

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    Day 1 is in the can! A good steady stream of people all day. There wasn't a huge # of people in the booth (less than I expected), but our theatre presentations were well attended and it seemed we always had a least one customer at the XPS station. ...
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    Setup Day is Done

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    It's 11:30 and setup day is done. Demos work, slides have been polished. Saw some cool demos from partners who are presenting in our booth. Was happy to see our banner hanging at the entrance of the show: That's Adrian waving who has no idea...
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    In Philly

    AIIM time is here. A 4.5 hour flight took over 6 hours as we spun over farm fields forever before landing in Philly. A long trip, but finally here. Had a big dinner at Magiannos (amazing tiramisu). Lots of guessing about what the show will be like. It...
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    It's May! AIIM and Winhec around the corner

    It is suddenly May and things are busy as ever around here. Of course, focusing on Beta 2 is our top priority and that looks real good at this point. In two weeks we will be on the road at AIIM . A lot of excitement brewing for this event. It is the first...
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    XPS Sample Docs available

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    We recently posted a bunch of sample XPS documents. Download them here . These are primarily for people building XPS solutions for the purpose of testing. The docs are designed to exercise all of the different parts of XPS. Hopefully soon we will get...
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    XPS Essentials Pack Beta 1 Released!

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    Today we launched Beta 1 of what we are calling the XML Paper Specification Essentials Pack. If you go to our viewer page you will notice that there are now two links - one to the current viewer built on WinFX and the other to the new XPS Essentials Pack...
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    Latest D2 Newsletter is out

    We get asked often about how to find out more info on XPS, or other things the D2 team is doing. Well, we have a newsletter, but I think it needs a little more publicity. Our newsletter is awesome, we've been publishing it for a while and it gives you...
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    .85 is released!

    OK..my last post was a little ambitious - I was about a week off in my prediction of getting .85 of the XPS and OPC spec out. More bureaucracy in getting things posted to ms.com then I can faithfully predict sometimes. Printed copies distributed inside...
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    XPS .85 spec here soon

    A lot of people have been asking about .85 - it's coming soon. Should be out this week. I will make a post (and there will be one on the XPS blog) as soon as it is out. - Andy
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    Microsoft and XPS at AIIM

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    Microsoft will have a big presence at the AIIM expo in Philadelphia this year (May 15-18). A brief press release went ou on this yesterday. This is a big deal to us. It is the first time we have ever had a presence at AIIM. Expect a large booth and several...
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    Annotations and XPS

    We've finally created a post on the annotations story for XPS. It's over on the XPS blog site. Take a look here: http://blogs.msdn.com/xps/archive/2006/02/24/538384.aspx - Andy
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    WinHec 2006 Registration Open

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    Winhec 2006 is already around the corner. Here is a quick link to the topics coming from the D2 team. http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/winhec/tracks06.mspx#9 We will focus mostly on the XPS print driver architecture. There will also be a dedicated...
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    Seattle will win

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    Need to post an entry about the Super Bowl before the week ends. Seattle will win. Steelers are a fluke and they will be left with a befudled look on their faces (just like Carolina had) by the 2nd half. I predict Seattle by 12. Go Hawks.
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    New XPS whitepaper on document workflow

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    We snuck a new whitepaper up on microsoft.com. Document Workflows in Windows Vista . The graphic on Page 3 is worth the price of admission all by itself. The paper is not in a very obvious place (up in the printing section of WHDC) but we will get it...
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    Lyra Conference and XPS

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    The Lyra Conference 2006 Imaging Symposium is underway right now. It's a conference for the printing industry and this year has some XPS content in it. Along with that some press-releases usually hit. Sofware Imaging has put one out announcing some work...
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    XPS 5-Points Shortcut

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    My XPS 5-points of light entries are finaly done. Here is a shortcut to all 5 to send to your friends and family. Part 1 – Open Format Part 2 - Trustworthy Part 3 – High-Fidelity Graphics Part 4 – Platform for Innovation Part 5 – Integrated...
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    Go Seahawks!

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    Needed to be said - we are on our way to the Super Bowl!
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    XPS Five Points of Light – Part 5: Integrated Solution

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    Integrated solution – well that certainly brings up some interesting thoughts. Integrated-innovation is something we talk a lot about at Microsoft, but delivering on it is not that easy. The XPS project was started with some very lofty goals to be built...
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    XPS Five Points of Light - Part 4: Platform for Innovation

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    Well it is a new year, and I am still two-parts away from getting my ‘5-points’ series done. In an effort to start the year with a clean slate, I’ll try and get the last two polished off quickly. Everything we are doing around XPS is about building...
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    XBox360 Arrives

    Luck was the only factor here. A call by my wife to Target mid-day on Wednesday last week - they had three they just put out on the shelves and she got one. An amazing product. Connected it to my wireless network. In a short time I was looking at photos...
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    New XPS Spec in time for Christmas - 0.8 live today

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    Yes, un-like the Xbox guys, we have the latest XPS spec available in time for Christmas with un-limitted quantities in stock. The 0.8 version of the XPS and Open Packaging Conventions spec is posted here . Info on what is new in the spec is up on the...
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