Adobe, Analysts Welcome Microsofts Move to PDF

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2005-10-03 Print this article Print

Microsoft has announced support for Adobe's PDFs just two weeks after the state of Massachusetts announced it will use only nonproprietary document formats. Is there a connection? (PDFzone)

Analysts, and even Adobe officials, expressed some surprise over the Monday announcement that Microsoft will support Adobes PDF (Portable Document Format) after 12 years of all but denying that the file interchange standard existed.

The timing of Microsofts action also raised some eyebrows.
Less than two weeks ago, the state of Massachusetts said it will use only nonproprietary document formats in state-affiliated offices effective Jan. 1, 2007.
On Monday, Microsoft said a forthcoming beta release of Office 12 will provide native support for PDF. "Id say its a remarkable coincidence," Eugene Lee, vice president of marketing for Adobes Intelligent Documents Business Unit, told Ziff Davis Internet. "But I doubt they wrote the code in 10 days. "We think the timing is interesting, too, in view of all the noise the operating system group at Microsoft has been making regarding the XAML [Extensible Application Markup Language] document formats they have developed, along with the new XML-based Office formats the applications group has devised," Lee continued. "To have invested all that time and effort into those [projects] and not realize what customers really want is very interesting." According to Lee, Adobe is "pleased that Microsoft finally gets it, and we welcome them to the PDF party." The timing of the announcement appears to be driven by the Massachusetts decision, as well as format movements coming later this month by other state agencies, analysts said. Read the full story on PDFzone: Adobe, Analysts Welcome Microsofts Moves Toward PDF Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on image editing and Web publishing tools.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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