Have you ever wanted to convert .docx files into PDF? We've heard from many customers trying to perform server side conversions of Open XML files (.docx) into fixed formats (PDF and XPS) using the Word desktop application, and that's what motivated us to create Word Automation Services.

As a component of SharePoint 2010, Word Automation Services allows you to perform file operations on the server that previously required automating desktop Word:

  • Converting between document formats (e.g. DOC to DOCX)
  • Converting to fixed formats (e.g. PDF or XPS)
  • Updating fields
  • Importing "alternate format chunks"
  • Etc.
Read more here: Microsoft Office Word Blog