• Andy Simonds Blog

    XPS Five Points of Light – Part 3: High Fidelity Graphics

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    One part of our goal with XPS was to ensure that documents can be viewed and printed with high quality, great fidelity and superb performance. The seeds of XPS delivering an amazing graphics experience began with the new Windows Presentation Foundation...
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    Programming XPS Documents: MSDN Article

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    An article for MSDN magazine written by Bob Watson, a technical writer on our team, went live today- get it here. The article is about programming XPS walks through some of the architecture of XPS and the APIs in Windows Presentation Foundation. Code...
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    D2's home

    If you want to see where the D2 team works (the building I am sitting in right now). Check it out here . This is a 'birds-eye' view from the new Windows Live Local Beta using MSN virtual earth. It is surprising cool. - Andy
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    A few blogs to read...

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    I was in one of the Microsoft cafeterias earlier this week and saw a guy with a plain black t-shirt that had white lettering that simply said: "no one reads my blog". I thought it was hilarious. Once you start a blog, that clearly defines the anxiety...
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    XPS Five Points of Light – Part 2: Trustworthy

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    Trustworthy is an integral part of a successful electronic document format. So what do I mean by that? Trust XPS? Trust Microsoft (of course!)? Trust Me? Well, our goal is that end customers can implicitly trust XPS as an electronic document format as...
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    Snow in Seattle

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    It actually did finally snow in Seattle. Very nice, kids got out of school on Friday (2 inches of snow will do that here).
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    XPS Five Points of Light - Part1: Open Format

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    I felt it was overdue to talk about what I see as the ‘all-up’ key values that XPS brings to our customers. By the way ‘all-up’ is a phrase I started using only since after working for Microsoft. It is used a lot in meetings where a VP asks: "what’s the...
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    No Snow - No Xbox 360

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    Last night Seattle was in a frenzy about the big snow storm coming, but once again it was not to be. A little snow up where I live which is up in the hills, but washed away by rain by the morning. Being from Chicago, I miss a good snow storm during the...
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    WPF November CTP is out

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    The WPF November CTP is available for download. This contains the latest XPS viewer. If you are testing XPS files from the Office '12' beta..make sure you use the November CTP - the September CTP will not work! - Andy
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    Tim Sneath gives a tour of D2 on Channel 9

    Tim Sneath , recently walked the hallways of Building 2 chatting with people on the D2 team about innovations around printing, color and XPS. The video is up on msdn channel 9 right now! You can see some demos we have shown at past events like Winhec...
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    New XPS Blog site

    A new XPS blog site is up and running: http://blogs.msdn.com/xps/ This is a generic blog where entries from anyone on the XPS team are being posted.
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    Print Management Console in Server 2003 R2

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    Our team is shipping something very important soon - a new Print Management Console as part of Windows Server R2 . This new console gives administrators the tool they have always wanted to get control of their print environment. It has the ability to...
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    Short Update on XPS Printing

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    We published a white paper on writing print drivers using the XPS filter pipeline. It covers the different print paths in Vista, components of the filter pipeline and different options for writing XPS print drivers. Get it here . Also, our friends...
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    Office and XPS support

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    It is not necessarily that interesting of a story for Microsoft to talk about how we are using our own technology (duh)! But certainly when the Office team announced support for ‘save-as’ PDF in Office “12” earlier in the month, it raised speculation...
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    XPS MSDN Forum

    I forgot there is an XPS forum up on MSDN. Not a lot of other people seem to know either as there is only 1 post. Here is the link: http://forums.microsoft.com/msdn/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=126
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    Never a dull moment shipping software

    In the last day I’ve: Stared at bug charts/graphs/pivot tables to see how our different feature teams are doing, sent mail to areas I was concerned about, attend some more meetings on XPS licensing to ensure we were rock solid on being as open as...
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    XPS, open, royalty-free, cross platform...really

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    I just got back from a week in Japan . Thinking back to my trip, I am still surprised at how many times I was asked to confirm that XPS was an open format. I visited a lot of partners that are building XPS hardware or software and I found myself forgetting...
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    XPS and Windows Media Photo

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    Those tracking the XPS specification should have noticed that in v.75 we introduced Windows Media Photo as a supported image format in XPS (look on page 12). Windows Media Photo is a new image format in Windows, but is also supported on other platforms...
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    XPS and Open Packaging Conventions

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    I've decided it is way overdue that I start blogging about the amazing work we are doing around documents in Windows Vista. 1st topic is to talk about the splitting of the XPS specification into two parts: XPS and Open Packaging Conventions. I'm sitting...
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