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Best places to get XPS Info

Wed, 12 Dec 2007 14:04:00 +0000

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   XPS in Vista at   XPS forum on MSDN at   The XPS team blog at

We are Done!!!

Wed, 08 Nov 2006 14:25:00 +0000

Wooohooooo!!!!  Windows Vista RTM'd today: 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 like this - knowing that people in all corners of the world will be using the software we built.  - Andy

.NET Framework 3.0 is Released

Tue, 07 Nov 2006 12:18:00 +0000

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 Vista).  It is out...

Seen and Noted

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 14:24:00 +0000

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: ...

Kofax Announces XPS Support

Wed, 25 Oct 2006 11:44:00 +0000

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 step for broader XPS adoption. - Andy

XPS v1 is on-line

Wed, 25 Oct 2006 11:01:00 +0000

The final v1.0 of the XPS spec is available for download.  Get it here.  - Andy

XML Paper Specification v1.0 RTMs!!!!!!!!

Thu, 19 Oct 2006 16:34:00 +0000

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 years ago, and at times I thought this day...

New Windows Vista PC

Sun, 08 Oct 2006 22:30:00 +0000

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...

What’s going on?

Sun, 01 Oct 2006 18:42:00 +0000

A few random updates.  But 1st, I mentioned putting up a picture of the spec.  Here it is in its' baby-blue splendor: Will these internally printed copies be worth anything at some point?  Something about it seems more valuable than the boring bits and bytes representation up on the web.  Maybe if it is signed...

New DigSig Article

Wed, 27 Sep 2006 16:00:00 +0000

A new article on digital signatures is up on MSDN.  Written by Andrey Shur (our all-knowing, all-seeing PM on packaging technology) it gives an overview of how the whole OPC Digital Signing Framework works.  I know the Bears and Seahawks are playing this weekend, but you may want to spend that time reading this article...