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…

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Office and XPS support

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 about if the same support would be there for XPS.  It should…

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XPS, PDF and Adobe

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 the story in case you do not have access…

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XPS and Windows Media Photo

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.  Here is general overview from http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/xps/wmphoto.mspx: Windows Media Photo is a…

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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…

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XPS Five Points of Light – Part 4: Platform for Innovation

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 a platform for others to create amazing…

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Print Management Console in Server 2003 R2

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 manage multiple print servers, see printer status, job status, perform driver and…

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New Windows Vista PC

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 lights in front, a bunch of huge drives, 2GB…

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Flickr Addiction

This year I have gotten more and more addicted to Flickr.  Don’t know how it happened. I’ve tried several photo sites including msn-spaces as a way to share photos, but Flickr seems to be the best.  Photography is probably my #2 hobby behind golf (and when I golf – I take pictures, so it doesn’t get…

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Seen and Noted

A few things to note:  A very cool white-board demo you have to see.  Posted on Nils van Boxsel’s blog (who has a lot of interesting things up on his blog). I noticed that Adobe has announced a new project called ‘Mars’.  It seems to be essentially a PDF replacement using XML, SVG and ZIP: …

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