New XPS Spec in time for Christmas – 0.8 live today

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 XPS team blog. Also, the December CTP of…


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

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 (WPF) development platform (It started its life as “Avalon”). WPF was built on a…


Programming XPS Documents: MSDN Article

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 snipits are included.  – Andy


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

A few blogs to read…

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 you experience – “I just posted something really…


XPS Five Points of Light – Part 2: Trustworthy

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 an integral part of their document workflow. Or..simply that an end-user can…


Snow in Seattle

It actually did finally snow in Seattle.  Very nice, kids got out of school on Friday (2 inches of snow will do that here).  


XPS Five Points of Light – Part1: Open Format

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 ‘all-up’ customer satisfaction metric…


No Snow – No Xbox 360

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 winter and…


WPF November CTP is out

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