Come on, this is something that I would not like to blog about : compatibility with previous versions
Today I saved on document as XPS and I noticed the .OXPS format. Very good that now we have support for the standard OpenXPS format.
The issue came up when I tried to open the document on my Windows 7 virtual machine : it could not open the .oxps document and for my surprise there is no Windows 7 update/fix to apply ( until today, 24/04/2012) that will allow you to open that .oxps
So, based on this article, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hh859698, I had to change the Windows 8 Default XPS format to the Microsoft XPS format, and after that, I had to open the .oxps and print it again, this time selecting Microsoft XPS format.
Note: In this article Microsoft mention about an XPSConverter.exe tool, but it is not available to download http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/query/hh846189
I hope we got this change for RTM version, or at least the release of the XPSConverter.exe tool for public release/use
Next Release of Windows Intune Available October 17th
Windows Intune brings together Windows Intune cloud services and upgrade rights to Windows 7 Enterprise to help businesses simplify PC management and security while getting the benefits of a modern operating system. At Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in July, we announced the beta for the next release of Windows Intune. Our next release of Windows Intune, which includes new features and updates to the July 2011 Beta, will be available on October 17, 2011.
Here is a quick reminder of just a few of the features that will be included in the next version:
- Software Distribution: Deploy most Microsoft and third-party updates or applications to PCs nearly anywhere over the Internet.
- Remote Tasks: Remotely perform the tasks such as full scans, quick scans, updating malware definitions, and restarts on Windows Intune managed PCs from the administration console.
- Read-Only Access: Provide select administrators with read-only access to the administration console so they can view PC information as needed, but not perform any configuration tasks.
- Enhanced Reporting: Create hardware reports based on new hardware filters for common hardware characteristics; create and save report parameters to make it easy and efficient to run a report again in the future.
For a full list of features—plus step-by-step guidance and video demonstrations to help you explore, deploy, and utilize Windows Intune in your organization—visit the Windows Intune Resource Zone on Springboard and check the Springboard Series Blog on October 17. You can also try the Windows Intune cloud service free for 30 days.
Upcoming end of support announcement
Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) will reach the end of support on July 12, 2011. From that date onward, Microsoft will no longer provide support or free security updates for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1). In order to stay secure and continue support you must upgrade to Service Pack 2 (SP2).
Products no longer supported
- As announced in 2008, support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) ended on July 13, 2010.
- Also announced in 2008, support for Windows 2000 ended on July 13, 2010.
- Support for Windows Vista Release to Manufacturing (RTM) ended April 13, 2010.
Important: There is no Service Pack 3 for a 64-bit version of Windows XP. If you are running a 64-bit version of Windows XP with Service Pack 2, you are on the latest service pack and will continue to be eligible for support and receive updates until April 8, 2014.
To find out if you are running a 64-bit version of Windows XP :
- Right-click My Computer, then click Properties.
- If you do not see “64-bit” listed, then you are running a 32-bit version and you need to install Service
- If “64-bit” is listed under System, then you are running a 64-bit version.)
Microsoft is back in the US for another Springboard Series Tour!
May 2 – Toronto | May 4 – Detroit | May 6 – Chicago | May 9 – Indianapolis | May 11 – Dallas | May 13 – Columbus
The Springboard Series Tour is back! This 6 city tour brings the top product teams from Microsoft to you. We understand the questions and issues that IT pros deal with every day. How do I manage end users bringing consumer devices into the office? Should we look to the cloud for key solutions? Should I virtualize? What are the best tools to manage application compatibility and deployment? The Springboard Series Tour brings the experts and the answers.
Join us for a full day’s deep dive into the tools, solutions and options to help you do more with less. We will cover managing the flexible workspace, a first look at Windows Intune and Office 365. We’ll also show you some of the new Windows Slates and give you details around Microsoft’s strategy for Slate devices. We will preview the new tools in the MDOP 2011 suite, a deep dive into managing and deploying Office 2010 and great tips and tricks to help you deploy Windows 7 and move your users from Windows XP with speed and ease.
REGISTER NOW and save your seat for this free day of technical demos, Q&A sessions, and real-world guidance from Microsoft experts. We’ll see you on the road!