Well, as I tried to catch up on things this weekend I read some recent updates on the Adobe and Microsoft web sites I thought you may find interesting. As a follow-up to my post: What A Shame! – Microsoft Backs Down From Adobe’s Threats…
Adobe, posted the following clarifying statement on their web site on June 12th: Adobe and Microsoft which stated that their biggest concern was:
“While much of the press coverage to date has centered on disputes over PDF and XPS (a competitive technology to PDF) in MS Office and Vista, the real issue is the protection of open standards…
Microsoft’s approach has been to “embrace and extend” standards that do not come from Microsoft. Adobe’s concern is that Microsoft will fragment and possibly degrade existing and established standards, including PDF, while using its monopoly power to introduce Microsoft-controlled alternatives – such as XPS.”
Well, I have used the Save As PDF in Word 2007 and it appears completely compatible and consistent with the Adobe PDF format. Also, saving a PowerPoint 2007 presentation into PDF was effortless and the best resolution and formatting I have experienced compared to Acrobat. I do not want to go back to trying to get a presentation correctly formatted when trying to use Acrobat.
So, with this statement from Adobe, here is Microsoft’s response: Statement from Microsoft Concerning Adobe
An excerpt: “Adobe has now expressed concern that Microsoft would one day “extend” the PDF specifications. Microsoft has not extended the PDF specifications and has no interest in doing so. Our only interest is to support our customers by making it easy to export Office documents in the standard PDF format so they can be viewed in Adobe Reader and printed. Adobe is a participant in the 2007 Office system beta program and can see for itself that Microsoft has not extended the PDF specifications.”
Yeah! As a customer I want to have the ability to save my documents as PDF without having download an add-in. I want the capability to be delivered with Office natively.
It looks like Microsoft may not be giving up: “Microsoft hopes that, with this assurance, Adobe will withdraw its objection to including support for PDF in 2007 Office system.”
I hope they stick to their guns. Either PDF is an open standard or it is not! Adobe cannot have it both ways.
Guys, make up your minds!
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