Smarter scanning and printing

Xerox will support scanning and printing improvements for the upcoming Microsoft platform.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  April 27, 2005

Xerox is developing advanced scanning and printing capabilities for its office multifunction systems that will support Metro, the code-name for a new set of document technologies that Microsoft Corporation is building into the next generation of its Windows platform, code-named Longhorn. Metro will further enable customers to effortlessly manage documents throughout their lifecycle, from creation and printing to scanning and archiving. The aim is to help clients use documents as tools to drive productivity and business growth by combining Xerox’s expertise in smarter document management with the new XML-based capabilities of Metro. "We know that virtually all fundamental business processes involve documents. It makes sense for Xerox to further develop features that support Metro to help customers more effectively create, print, share and archive documents," says Tim Williams, president of Xerox Office Group. Metro, planned for release with the Longhorn version of Windows in the second half of 2006, is a new document format, spool file, and page description language, which uses open standards such as XML, XAML and ZIP to support a wide range of devices and applications. Xerox's support for Metro is bolstered by the use of Xerox Mixed Raster Content technology, which significantly reduces the file size of scanned documents without compromising image quality - resulting in faster processing speeds, reduced network bandwidth demands and decreased file storage space requirements. Xerox devices will also support printing of Metro, which enables value-added processing in the print path. Xerox's integration with Metro is a result of significant research and development investments including that of the company's partner, Fuji Xerox, a 25/75 joint venture between Xerox and Fuji Photo Film that forms the hub of Xerox operations in Japan and the markets in the Pacific Rim. Metro is designed to provide people who use Xerox systems with more power to manipulate and update their documents. Even while the document is en route from the PC to the printer, people can add items such as watermarks, barcodes, headers and footers, and cover pages. In scanned documents, Metro will also let people use digital signatures and define access availability parameters. In addition, new print and colour architectures from Microsoft will allow Xerox to add various functionalities to Metro, enhancing its overall scanning and printing capabilities. Xerox will give the project a distinctive dimension that will greatly enhance the experience of customers according to Neil Charney, director of marketing for the Windows client division at Microsoft. “Utilizing Metro with Xerox multifunction devices and printers will help customers optimise digital document workflows with reduced file sizes that will not slow their systems," he says.

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