XPS (XML Paper Specification) is a document format developed by Microsoft as an alternative to PDF. It is designed to provide a reliable and consistent way to share and print documents while preserving their formatting and layout.
XPS files can be created from a variety of applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as from other programs that support the format. They can be viewed using the XPS Viewer, which is included with Windows, or with other compatible third-party software.
One of the key advantages of XPS is its ability to preserve the visual fidelity of a document across different devices and platforms. XPS documents are also compact and efficient, making them ideal for sharing and archiving.
While XPS has not achieved the same level of popularity as PDF, it remains a useful alternative for those who require a reliable and consistent way to share and print documents. XPS is supported in a range of Microsoft products, including Windows and Office, and is also supported by several third-party applications.