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June 3, 2006

Adobe and Microsoft Square Off Over PDF in Vista, Office 2007

Adobe and Microsoft have been negotiating over the ability to save documents in PDF format in Office 2007, and PDF-like features in he upcoming Vista operating system.  Microsoft added the ability to save documents in PDF format in Office 2007 but will strip that capability in final versions of the program after negotiations with Adobe broke down.  The betas that just recently went into distribution do have the feature.  The current plan calls for consumers to download a patch that will reintroduce the feature.  News reports indicate that Adobe wants to charge for the patch but that Microsoft does not.

The other sticking point appears to be Microsoft's XPS feature in Vista which is a competitor to PDF.  Microsoft uses that format to print documents but will allow OEMs to strip out the software that opens, saves, or views XPS files.  The printing capability will still be there.

Microsoft said it expects legal action from Adobe.  So far there's no word on whether it will take the form of a legal action in the United States courts or a complain with the European Commission, or both.  Microsoft on its part is sensitive to potential legal action that may delay Vista or Office from release and is trying to offer what it can while still playing it safe.

News is at CNET here and here, BetaNews, the Guardian Unlimited (UK), the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and the ITWire (Australia).

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