Channel 9 currently has a video on Metro, which is based on a subset of XAML. Metro has been touted as the Microsoft response to Adobe’s Acrobat format, a format which looks the same displayed on screen and printed. The official name of Metro is the XML Paper Specification and fully detailed in the Metro Specification and Reference guide.
- Any document can be printed to Metro using Windows Vista Digital Document printer driver. Interestingly, in the video, Word documents actually appear more attractive after conversion to Metro documents.
- Metro is the native spool file format for Windows Vista print architecture, competing with PCL and Postscript.
- It has its own namespace in WinFX (System.Windows.Documents and System.Windows.Reach), so anyone can easily create and access such documents.
- It uses the same packaging model as the Office XML+ZIP file formats.
- Metro documents support annotations and probably includes rich Microsoft Vista shell integration.
- Metro documents are viewable from within Internet Explorer 7.