Quickie: Microsoft’s XPS

I know its been so long since I’ve blogged, but I’ve been really busy, ever since my promotion. :-)

I’m blogging a quickie now, but will come back for a regular, full length, blog through the weekend inshallah.

Now, I was attending a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server class and realized that the instructor, another MVP, did NOT know about (not that it demeans him in any way shape or form, it just shows that not too many people know about it; thus my blog) Microsoft’s open file format XPS (short for XML Paper Specifications), which in my opinion competes directly with Adobe’s PDF file format.

Microsoft describes it as ‘XPS describes electronic paper in a way that can be read by hardware, read by software, and read by humans.’

Unlike Adobe’s PDF which opens in Adobe’s Acrobat Reader (or other software downloads), XPS documents open in IE.

Developers! You can integrate XPS in your applications. ‘Your application can seamlessly integrate with enterprise-wide workflows by implementing XPS publish, import, and view functionality. The Windows SDK and .NET Framework 3.0 provide the APIs to enable you to use XPS technologies in your Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) application.’

I like!

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XML_Paper_Specification
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/xps/default.mspx

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