Last June, due to legal pressure from Adobe, the creator of Acrobat PDF format, Microsoft announced that it would drop the “Save As PDF” and “Save As XPS” features from Microsoft Office System 2007. Instead, the PDF and XPS files creation feature directly from Office programs will be provided as a separate free download add-ins for Office 2007. PDF is popular way to post send documents on the Web and delivery of documents between businesses, while XPS (XML Paper Specification) is a Microsoft creation intended to compete with PDF in the electronic document market.
Other than enable saving and exporting directly to a PDF or XPS documents, the add-ins also allows users to send as e-mail attachment in the PDF and XPS formats in a subset of these programs.
The add-ons in three version can be downloaded from Microsoft Office Downloads Center:
The add-ins is originally available for users running genuine Microsoft Office products only. Now, the WGA validation test and check is no longer required.