Benefit #9: XPS leverages your investment in Windows
Chances are that you already invested in Windows PCs for your business. Most probably PCs that are running Windows XP, as these are currently the most deployed business desktop (however, Vista deployments are gaining – July 2008).
By adopting XPS as your electronic document format of choice, you leverage your investment in Windows PCs. As these PCs are either already capable of generating and viewing XPS, or can be upgraded for free with the same functionality, you can enjoy the benefits of a very capable, secure electronic document, and this without purchasing extra software licenses.
XPS makes perfect economic sense.(This article is part of the 'Top 9 Benefits of using XPS for your business'-series)
Benefit #8: XPS saves you money
Now it gets interesting. Creating XPS files is free, provided you run Windows Vista or Windows XP. The same applies to viewing: a free viewer is built into Windows Vista.
For the other windows versions you can download this for free from Microsoft’s website.
As result, you don’t have to purchase software licenses for software to generate your electronic documents, this in contrast to other solutions.
Do the math.(This article is part of the 'Top 9 Benefits of using XPS for your business'-series)
Benefit #7: XPS is a natural extension of .NET and WPF
.NET and Windows Presentation Foundation are powerful and exciting technologies that are used more and more as tools to develop enterprise applications.
If your applications are based on .NET or WPF, then generating XPS documents from them is a snap. It is provided by default, at no extra cost.(This article is part of the 'Top 9 Benefits of using XPS for your business'-series)
Benefit #6: XPS is efficient
One of the many qualities of XPS is its focus on printing. A lot of documents end up on paper, and XPS really shines here.
XPS is the cornerstone of Microsoft’s new printing architecture for Windows Vista. It raises the bar on color fidelity, image quality and typography on printing Windows.
Printer vendors are developing native XPS drivers to let their hardware take advantage of this, and this will allow an end to end XPS workflow which will not involve any costly conversions anymore.
What you see (XPS document on screen) ends up on paper fast and correct.(This article is part of the 'Top 9 Benefits of using XPS for your business'-series)
Benefit #5: XPS is easy
XPS generation is available for free as it is bundled with Vista. It is available for free from Microsoft for Windows XP, and there is also a free plug-in for Office 2007. As a result, chances are that you can already create and view XPS documents, but you just don’t realize it yet.
Moreover companywide deployment, and updating, is very easy, as it is a core Windows technology. This saves time and effort for your IT team.(This article is part of the 'Top 9 Benefits of using XPS for your business'-series)
Benefit #4: XPS is safe
Electronic documents are no software applications, the same way paper documents do not contain moving parts, or an engine for that matter.
The primary goal of an electronic document is to be a container for human readable content, presented in a particular layout. XPS is very good at that.
Technically it is possible to add all kinds of programmable, hence executable, features to an electronic document. But the result would be a format that is potentially hazardous as these executable features can be exploited by malicious people. Recent computing history teaches us that it is not a matter of ‘if’, but more a matter of ‘when’ these kinds of features will be exploited for malice.
XPS does not contain any programmable features; as a result it is guaranteed to be safe. This is a big plus for your company, and also for the people you are sending your documents to.(This article is part of the 'Top 9 Benefits of using XPS for your business'-series)