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Will Adobe Take Its Microsoft Malcontent to the Courtroom? June 3, 2006

Posted by rjdohnert in Tech News.

Adobe has asked Microsoft to remove its export to PDF from office 2007 which Microsoft has done.  Allegedly, Adobe is citing anti-trust concerns with Microsoft plans and even asked Microsoft to charge for the feature.  Brian Jones, Program manager with Microsoft said that they will offer the feature as a free plugin for office 2007 and will not charge for it.

Microsoft also says that it will still embed XPS into Windows Vista and Office 2007

Link to article

Link to Brian Jones Blog

My Take;  Its all about money folks.  Adobe overcharges customers for its Adobe Acrobat suite that offers the same functionality.  Microsoft Office is a very popular suite.  So if Microsoft offers the functionality then basically Adobe thinks its screwed.  Its also a note that Microsoft does not allow users to edit PDF files so to do that customers will still have to purchase Adobee Acrobat.  My only concern is what happens if OpenOffice.org, Wordperfect or StarOffice take off in popularity.  Will Adobe threaten the entire industry?  Its also unfair that Apple and KDE and GNOME groups can put native PDF export into the GUI shell and expot to PDF natively, yet Microsoft is not permitted to have it.  you small guys that make the freeware PDF export apps, watch out. Mike Miller in this interview asked Bruce Chizen this question:

" Clearly you’ve got the free reader. There are now more and more alternatives to Acrobat for creating PDFs. You’ve published a standard… this is a good thing?"

Chizen responded with:

" It’s a great thing; it’s validation. From day one, we opened the specifications up on PDFs. There are government agencies around the world that have made it a de facto standard. In fact here in the U.S., NARA which is the National Archives & Records Administration, which is the agency responsible for all kinds of archiving of information, has standardized on PDFA, which is a subset of PDF. So, the good news is, it’s become a standard.

People buy the Adobe way of creating PDF because the reason they’re using PDF to begin with is they want a degree of reliability and security about what they’re delivering, and they’re willing to pay a premium for the Adobe product. The fact is that there are other products around that create PDFs, but the reality is most people are still buying the Adobe branded product because they know we deliver high quality, we always have, and we will continue to."

I guess Adobes definition of an open standard is different from the rest of the worlds.



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