Microsoft to pull PDF support from Office 2007

Microsoft will pull native PDF support from Office 2007 after Adobe threatened legal action.

Microsoft has decided to delete from its next version of Office an automatic way to save documents in PDF after Adobe Systems threatened to take legal action.

"We offered to them that we would do this, and now we've unilaterally made the decision to do it," Microsoft spokesman, Jack Evans, said. The company also will remove a feature to save documents as XML Paper Specification (XPS) files in Office; XPS is Microsoft's rival to the PDF file format.

Adobe had threatened legal action against Microsoft in Europe over its use of Adobe's PDF, which allows users to create electronic documents. It was unclear whether that action would be in the form of a complaint to the European Union or a formal antitrust suit, sources close to Microsoft said Friday.

Adobe spokesperson Jodi Warner said that Adobe had made no determination whether it woulf take action.

The dispute began in February when Adobe raised concerns over Microsoft's plans to offer a Save as PDF feature in its Office 2007 suite. Beta versions of the software with this feature are already available.

With the change, users who purchase the final Office 2007, due later this year, will have to separately download free software to save documents created in Office applications as PDF or XPS files, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft said Adobe wanted its software to be removed from Office and offered separately for a fee, and the companies had been trying to work out a compromise.

"We have taken a number of significant steps to accommodate Adobe and offered many proposals in an effort to avoid a dispute," Evans said. "But we have now reached a point where we feel what they are asking for is not in the best interest of our customers."

Adobe's Warner said Microsoft was an important partner for Adobe but the company remained concerned about its monopolistic practices. "As our CEO, Bruce Chizen, has stated publicly numerous times in the past, Microsoft has a monopoly, and we are always concerned about the possibility that they might abuse that monopoly," she said.

Other changes Evans said Microsoft offered to pacify Adobe included shipping Adobe's Flash and Shockwave software with every copy of Windows Vista and giving original equipment manufacturers the option to remove XPS from Windows.

Still, Adobe wanted Microsoft to take even stronger moves to charge customers a price for using what everyone else in the world could use for free, Evans said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Elizabeth Montalbano

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?