Microsoft is proud to announce the release of XPS Essentials Pack v 1.0. You can download the XPS Essentials Pack from: http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/xps/viewxps.mspxXPS Essentials Pack gives you the complete experience of generating and viewing XPS Documents without the need to install .NET Framework 3.0. XPS Essentials Pack requires MSXML 6.0 to generate XPS documents.

We are glad to announce that the release version of XPS EP is supported for Vista as well as Windows XP SP2,  Windows Server 2003 for both 32 bit and 64 bit machines. XPS EP has lots of cool components like the XPS Viewer, XPSDrv printer components, shell handlers, IPreview etc.   With IPreview on Vista you can preview the documents in Windows Explorer without opening the application.

Please note that when XPS Essentials Pack is installed on Windows Vista, XPS Viewer EP does not take over as the default application for XPS files. To set it as the default application to handle XPS files, you would need to right click on any XPS file, choose “Open With. In the options choose “XPS Viewer EP” as the application and ensure that “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file” box is checked.

Your continued feedback has been very instrumental in the making of XPS Essentials Pack v 1.0. We thank you for this support and encouragement. Please continue to provide us with feedback to helps us make this product better. As before, you can continue providing your feedback to XPSinfo@microsoft.com