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Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office release
MSDN Windows Vista and Microsoft Office Beta Experience Newsletter No. 4, June 28, 2006 MSDN
Editorial
Dave Webster  
Welcome to the 4th edition of the Beta Experience newsletter for Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office system.

In this issue we take a close look at XPS the ‘Electronic Paper’ specification used in 2007 Microsoft Office system and in Windows Vista. This technology promises to simplify the process of printing and previewing documents as well as significantly improving the quality of the final output.

Have you ever needed to create and manipulate Office documents on the server? If you have then you will have either had to write directly to the binary file or automate the Office client applications on the server – an unsupported and risky option. Well now we have a brand new open format for Office documents based around zip compression and XML. Patrick Tisseghem walks us through the new format. Click here for the demo. Patrick also shows us the new features of InfoPath with 2007 Office System in Building InfoPath Solutions. Click here...

While the new UI on the client components is the first thing that you see when you try out the 2007 Microsoft Office system Beta 2, that is just the tip of the iceberg. We have invested heavily on the server side components of 2007 Microsoft Office system. So in this issue Ted Pattison concludes the second part of ‘Building Portal Solutions’. Click here for the demo. Also Ted goes into detail about the architecture of SharePoint Services Version 3.

Dave Webster
Chief Editor for Microsoft Office content
Developer & Platforms Group
Microsoft EMEA Beta Experience Team

XML Paper Specification (XPS)
XPS   
This month, we are going to explore XPS, or XML Paper Specification, a new way to describe data for viewing, printing and exchanging with other systems and applications. XPS (the technology was formerly code-named “Metro”) will be introduced along with Windows Vista. 2007 Microsoft Office system will be the first major Microsoft Application to support creation of documents in XML Paper Specification.
Reason enough to have a close look how XPS works and how you can leverage the technology in your own applications. Despite the fact most new applications feature XML based file formats, it is highly desirable to have a mechanism for printing, viewing and data exchange that is not tied on any applications particular file format. Click here...

Reading and Printing XPS Documents
The Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) provides several ways to read and write XML Paper Specification (XPS) Documents. The best one to use in an application depends on how you want to process the document and the application content. This paper reviews the different XPS Document-related APIs provided by WPF. It describes how you can use the APIs to read XPS Documents into their WPF-based applications and how WPF-based applications can write and print application content as an XPS Document. It also describes how to use the XpsDocumentWriter class and other WPF interfaces to save the content of a WPF-based application as an XPS Document or send them to a printer and how an application can use the PrintCapabilities and PrintTicket features provided by the WPF print support. Read more...

XPS Resources

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From the Community
Damir Tomicic   
Damir Tomicic is co-founder and managing director of Axinom GmbH. Axinom is the leading technology integrator specializing in the Microsoft enterprise platform and Enterprise Content Management solutions.
Damir is Director at IASA (International Association of Software Architects and President of INETA Europe (International .NET Association). Damir is Microsoft Regional Director for Germany and Microsoft MVP Solutions Architect. Damir is considered an expert in Microsoft enterprise platform and enterprise software architecture. His main focus is the mediation and implementation of modern software technologies and concepts at the Microsoft platform, in particular the sectors of .NET, software-architecture, illustration and integration of business processes.
Read his article!

Events
Gamefest   
Game Developers: Make Contact in Seattle
August 14 - 15, Seattle, WA
Get smart on developing for Xbox 360, Windows Vista, Xbox Live, and casual gaming at Gamefest.

Web Resources
Visit the newly redesigned Office Developer Center for the latest news on the 2007 Microsoft Office system release. Find articles, code samples, SDKs, references, screencasts, videos, and more.

Based on a submission from Microsoft Corporation, this Standard defines Office Open XML's vocabularies and document representation and packaging for the 'Office 12' versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


Downloads

Training
We've got products to assist you with everything you need to get started with the 2007 Microsoft Office system, including Microsoft Press books, instructor-led classroom training, free skills assessments, and free E-Learning courses for developers, IT professionals, and users. Find out more.

Online Events
If you are new to 2007 Microsoft Office System development, check out this screencast series for an inside look at Excel Services, the Open XML File Formats, and working with Windows SharePoint Services V3.
Learn how Windows Vista makes it easier than ever to build more secure, reliable, and manageable apps through WPF, WCF, WWF, Infocard, and XAML.
Explore our library of more than 130 free, live, and on-demand Tech·Ed webcasts and get up to speed on Microsoft Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system.

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