Microsoft on Thursday released a plug-in for Office 2007 that will allow users to save their documents in both PDF and XPS formats. The company previously planned to build in such capability, but bowed to pressure from Adobe, which developed PDF, to force customers to download it.
The add-on is compatible with 8 Office 2007 applications, including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, InfoPath, OneNote, Publisher, and Visio. Customers can also use the plug-in to quickly send documents as e-mail attachments in both PDF and XPS. XPS is Microsoft's new fixed-layout document format that's based on XML.