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Microsoft XPS Essentials Pack

Tags: Microsoft, .NET, XML, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Software, Downloads

To view XPS files, if you do not have Windows Vista or Microsoft.NET Framework 3.0, you can download the Microsoft XML Paper Specification Essentials Pack Version 1.0. The download contains an XPS Reader, very much like the Adobe PDF reader and an XPS Document writer, which allow you to print to XPS files.

There are other goodies in this pack such as:

  • an XPS IFilter that will help you index XPS files, with Windows Desktop Search for example
  • Windows shell handlers for thumbnail views in Windows Explorer

The pack requires Windows 2000, 2003 or XP with the latest service packs and Microsoft Core XML Services 6.0. It's still a beta, but worth a shot.

Read more about the XML Paper specification here where you also can find the specification and sample files.

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Wictor Wilén is the Nordic Digital Workplace Lead working at Avanade. Wictor has achieved the Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) - SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) - SharePoint  and Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) - SharePoint 2010 certifications. He has also been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for seven consecutive years.

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