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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The "Metro" document format

If you have not already heard about it, here it is: Microsoft is coming up with a new XML-based document format called Metro. The name sounds cool but is the technology? PDFZone carried out an interview with Adrian Ford, CTO of Global Graphics, the Microsoft partner that is working to bring up the Metro specification and also a prototype implementation.

Metro is planned for the Longhorn release and would also change the print subsystem of Windows. There will be new capabilities added that would allow richer printing. Ford discusses some of this in this interview. I am sure some of this work has rubbed on the Office 12 XML formats.

Some say the Metro format is in direct competition to Adobe's PDF. I feel, in the end, both will co-exist.