In an AP story Friday, it was announced that Microsoft, who previously said that you would be able to save documents from MS Office 2007 in PDF format, will instead add the feature as a free download from their website and not include it with the software.
This comes at a critical point in Microsoft's ongoing debate with Adobe about MS's venture to create their own PDF-like format known as XPS (XML Paper Specification). Concerns are already being raised about the legal ramifications of such a move.This issue has brought controversy between Microsoft and their own lawyers. Of course, Microsoft has had continuous trouble with antitrust violations, such as when they virtually barred their computers from being able to run any browser other than Internet Explorer. Some speculate that the PDF move will bring on a similar legal battle.
Although, something tells me that people who are tech-savvy enough to buy Office 2007 and concerned with saving documents in such a format will download the free update from Windows to continue to use PDF.
Report Published by: Mark Raby
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