Adobe Planning Antitrust Suit Against Microsoft?

The Wall Street Journal reported on June 2 that Adobe is poised to launch an antitrust suit in Europe against Microsoft, following the break-down of four-month-long talks over Microsoft's Office 2007 PDF plans.

Microsoft announced in October 2005 that it was building into Office 2007 a PDF export capability, following requests for such a feature by its customers. But according to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is now planning to remove that feature, at the request of Adobe. Adobe also sought to get Microsoft to charge for the export-to-PDF capability, but so far Microsoft is not planning to do so, according to the Journal.

Microsoft said last fall that Office 2007 would be able to output PDF documents compatible with any PDF viewer that supports version 1.4 of the public Adobe PDF specification. Office 2007 PDF documents were expected to be accessible to screen readers, the company said. Microsoft SharePoint-related products also were set to be able to index PDF documents for use in enterprise content management scenarios, Microsoft added.

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