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Thursday, November 23, 2006

MS Office finally catches up with OpenOffice

I see this morning on Scott Hanselman's Computer Zen that Microsoft has released an Office 2007 Add-In to allow users to save files as PDF, instead of having to go through a PDF print driver.

OpenOffice.org has had this feature for as long as I can remember. Nice to see MS finally woke up to the value of this sort of feature, but it's really too bad that so many people will never know about it because it's still not built into the product out of the box.

2 Comments:

  • The reason it is an "add-on" (IIRC) is because of copyright issues. They can offer it as a free add on, but if they bundle it with paid software, that is a no no.

    By Blogger El Gee, at 11/23/2006 10:04 AM  

  • It's sort of copyright related. Microsoft engaged in licensing negotiations with Adobe, but Adobe allegedly wanted an obscene amount of money for built-in plugin capability. This isn't surprising, considering that Adobe derives a significant portion of its revenue from Acrobat. It just demonstrates that Adobe can abuse its monopoly on the desktop-publishing market just as badly as Microsoft in operating systems.

    By Blogger Eric, at 11/25/2006 12:00 AM  

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