Microsoft comes under EU's eye over PDF support in Vista

By Justin Mann on June 23, 2006, 11:15 AM
Just when Microsoft thought they may have had Adobe appeased, it seems that the EU is doing it's own investigation on to whether or not Microsoft's recent actions violate anti-trust laws. On Wednesday, Jonathan Todd of the EU's “Competition Committee” said that they are in contact with Microsoft to find out more about how the next version of Windows and Office will handle PDFs, for both reading and writing. The biggest bone of contention that Adobe has is the potential for Microsoft to adopt PDF, then later “extend” PDF functionality, ultimately making Adobe's version of PDF “obsolete” or otherwise non-compliant with the latest Microsoft software. Microsoft has done before, so Adobe may have reasons for concern. All of this and more has led to Microsoft pulling PDF writing support from Office and turning read support into an option, but more may be yet to come.




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slake said:
Are you kidding me? If Adobe is fine with the current implementation then the EU should just fill their pockets some other place. "All of this and more has led to Microsoft pulling PDF writing support from Office and turning read support into an option, but more may be yet to come." <--Isn't that enough? Come on people.
Xavien said:
EU has plenty of money and doesn't need to syphon off of MS, they are pretty much the only regional body who is willing to stand up against the monopolistic nature of Microsoft.You whine because you want microsoft to take over another market and make it as stagnant as the other markets they have taken over previously? (Browsers for example, until Firefox plus many more markets)Just because the DoJ in the US was paid off by MS in its anti-trust case, doesn't mean that MS is not a monopoly. Horizontal Monopolies are bad and thats exactly what MS is and is doing.
canadian said:
Isn't Microsoft just going to now make their own format, and because it will be native, force users to convert?
Julio said:
As far as I'm aware the problem with PDF support did not come from Microsoft but from Adobe, who wanted to charge users for full PDF functionality in the form of an add-on. Because Microsoft refused to follow them on the idea, they finally decided to drop support completely (although the decision might not be final just yet).
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