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: XPS dead?
by avgalen on Tue 5th Apr 2011 04:18 UTC in reply to "XPS dead?"
avgalen
Member since:
2010-09-23

I agree that XPS should never have been born

I disagree that switching to XML as the default fileformat in Office is a bad idea. It made filesizes a lot smaller and interoperability a lot easier

and for a loooooong time (still?) the MSXML libraries were (are?) considered the fastest and most standard compliant libraries for parsing xml

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RE[2]: XPS dead?
by pandronic on Tue 5th Apr 2011 05:31 in reply to "RE: XPS dead?"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

I really like XPS and I use it inside our office to pass documents around. You can easily install an XPS printer on XP and on Win 7 it's already installed. The viewer is not bloated and integrates nicely with Windows.

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RE[3]: XPS dead?
by MollyC on Tue 5th Apr 2011 06:55 in reply to "RE[2]: XPS dead?"
MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

Agreed.
I use XPS quite a bit, such as printing web pages to XPS files.

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RE[2]: XPS dead?
by bert64 on Tue 5th Apr 2011 09:17 in reply to "RE: XPS dead?"
bert64 Member since:
2007-04-23

I agree that XPS should never have been born

I disagree that switching to XML as the default fileformat in Office is a bad idea. It made filesizes a lot smaller and interoperability a lot easier

and for a loooooong time (still?) the MSXML libraries were (are?) considered the fastest and most standard compliant libraries for parsing xml


Switching to XML did not make the filesizes smaller, in fact it made them bigger... The apparent reduction in size is due to the files being compressed.

XPS should never have existed, but neither should OOXML... Both of which are predated by existing widely standardised and superior formats.

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