Introducing Word Automation Services

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