Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Apr 2011 22:59 UTC
Windows And yes, the stream of controlled Windows 8 leaks continues. This time around, Thurrot and Rivera have published a number of screenshots from Windows 8's brand-new tablet user interface, and surprise surprise, its built on Metro, the same design language that underpins Windows Phone 7. Windows 8 will also include its own PDF reader, Modern Reader, which also happens to be the first application packaged in Microsoft's new AppX format. Update: Long Zheng has some technical details on AppX, including this little tidbit: "The extensive list of properties signifies the comprehensive scope of this system to be the ideal deployment strategy for 'applications', in all essence of the word. In fact, the AppX format is universal enough so it appears to work for everything from native Win32 applications to framework-based applications and even *gasp* web applications. Games are also supported."
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RE[4]: XPS dead?
by TemporalBeing on Tue 5th Apr 2011 15:48 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: XPS dead?"
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If Microsoft provided an integrated free download for Mac OS X it would be interesting how the situation might have changed, especially for printer vendors wishing to reduce the amount they have to pay per unit back to Adobe for any patented technology used. From what I understand Apple gets around some of the patented parts of PDF by simply not supporting some of the more esoteric features of the PDF specification.

That wouldn't have made one bit of difference as the major print houses do not use Windows or Mac to run the printers. They printers run customized software that is able to read PostScript and PDF files, as well as some other customize file formats specific to the typesetting industry.

Mac and Windows only affect the article writers, who ultimately have to give it to their editors and the publishing departments.

The lack of focus has always been Microsoft's greatest downfall.

A lack of focus has only been an issue since Gates stepped aside. Even then, the focus has always been on crushing competition through software that is "good enough and no better than necessary" - which yields the bug ridden, virus ridden, under-performant, bloated software that is Windows and Office that we have today.

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