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Whenever I print a document whether it be Word, Powerpoint or Excel etc, I always see an option called Microsoft XPS Document Writer.

What exactly is an XPS file, is there any reason to actually use this print option and create such a file or is it in fact a redundant format no longer used ?

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Have you read the wikipedia article yet? – daxlerod Apr 17 '13 at 14:13
@daxlerod No I haven't seen that article (yet ?).... – Simon Apr 17 '13 at 14:15
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Essentially it is Microsoft's answer to the PDF. Once you print to it, you it looks just like it would if you printed it on paper, and you can send that to anyone (just like you would a PDF file) to be viewed at their leisure.

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But is it fair to say that people don't bother with it, and just use PDF instead ? – Simon Apr 17 '13 at 17:10
Would you say that people don't bother with Linux, because Windows is more popular? It is fair to say that more people use PDFs, yes. I couldn't speak as to whether or not people bother with the XPS writer. Only some programs come with the ability to write to a PDF file, and not everyone knows about the free utilities like CutePDF that enable them to print to a PDF instead of paper. It's fair to say that a large number of users don't know about writing to either a PDF or an XPS document. – Bon Gart Apr 17 '13 at 17:14
I don't think comparing using Linux to Windows can be made in the same respect as using or creating XPS files to PDF Files. I will agree with you that there may well be alot of people who don't know about creating PDFs however (or XPS docs) – Simon Apr 17 '13 at 17:26
Sure it can. The comparison of Windows to Linux (80% to 10%, or 8 times the number of users) is as good an example as any to show a comparison of popularity. Both OSes allow you to do most of the same things, just as PDF files and XPS files allow you to most of the same things... and there are compatibility issues with the OSes and the documents. Seems quite an apt comparison. – Bon Gart Apr 17 '13 at 17:30
I can see what you are saying. I'll think i'll stick with PDFs though. – Simon Apr 17 '13 at 17:35

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