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Microsoft and Adobe At Odds Over PDF

Microsoft had been working with Adobe to include PDF in the next version of Office. Office would have been able to create PDF documents, but Microsoft wanted to offer the feature for free and Adobe wants Microsoft to offer it as a separate feature for a fee. If users of Microsoft Office are able to create files in Adobe’s PDF format they will have little need for Adobe’s Acrobat software, and if the feature is offered for free Adobe won’t be compensated for their lost business. Some applications can create PDF documents, and OpenOffice.org lets you create them for free.

Microsoft expects Adobe to follow-up on a threat of antitrust action in Europe.

Source: The Street (based on a WSJ article)

June 2nd, 2006 Posted by | Law, Office | no comments



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