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According to ZDNet’s Zack Whittaker XPS is no PDF killer

30 Dec 2008 | | No Comment

In Zack’s piece which covers “Some minor criticisms of the Windows 7 beta” he discusses XPS (“Metro”) which was once touted as being a PDF killer by Richard Doherty, research director at The Envisioneering Group in Seaford, N.Y.

Even though Windows 7 brings with it a standalone XPS viewer – he thinks that Microsoft should “Cut out the XPS nonsense” and acknowledge that PDF really is the document format of choice (disregarding device manufacturers).

He says:

Microsoft embarked on the XPS file type in Windows 2000 originally, but only really came to light with the release of Windows Internet Explorer 7, where functionality was integrated into the browser. With a standalone XPS viewer in Windows 7, I cannot foresee many people using it. It may be an open XML specification, but the PDF has a long way before it is knocked off the majority market share.

It has potential, and it works well, with many manufacturers taking the specification and using it in their hardware. But to see the XPS as a “PDF killer” is incredibly unlikely, and personally think Microsoft should drop it. Have you ever seen a document provided in an XPS format over a PDF file? I can’t say that I have.

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