• Andy Simonds Blog

    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    .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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    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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    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...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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