Saturday, June 03, 2006

Bowing To Adobe, Microsoft Strips PDF Support From 2007 Office

Adobe publishes the PDF standard in its entirety and makes it available for free, without restrictions, to anyone who cares to use it," Adobe Senior Director of Public Policy Michael Engelhardt wrote last year in a letter to a Massachusetts state senator. "No one needs permission from Adobe to build their own product with the PDF standard.

Unless of course you are Microsoft and want to put it in Office 2007. Then Adobe strongarms you to take it out of Office. So you offer it as a downloadable patch. Except that upsets Adobe's apple cart and they want you to charge for it. After all, if end users can save to PDF out of Word, who will buy Adobe's overpriced and bloated Acrobat?




1 comment:

  1. The real problem, as I see it, is that Adobe has been touting PDF as an "open standard" that anyone can implement, without any restrictions or even nontification to Adobe.

    There are a lot of applications which already take advantage of this. Open Office, Abiword, KWrite, Foxit PDF software and others. I find it inconceiveable that Adobe can float any restrictions on Microsoft's use of PDF functionality past any court in light of their statements about licensing it over many years.



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