Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Oct 2005 13:16 UTC
Features, Office This week, Microsoft announced that, with the next version of Office, it will support saving files to Adobe's Portable Document Format, or PDF. While logical, the move raises questions about how the PDF support will coexist with Windows Vista's move to its own page description format, known as Metro. Sinofsky [Microsoft Senior Vice President] also addressed how Microsoft views the controversy surrounding Massachusetts' mandate for the OpenDocument standard.
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Well, of course customers want it. They've wanted it for a long time. What I don't understand is a) why not announce it before all the news about Microsoft vs. MA (seeing as it's such a demanded feature)? and b) why not integrate it into Windows? As is, it looks like nothing more than a political move.

Also, if the customer really is that important, why not support OpenDocument, which would go a lot further in acheiving the level of document sharing capabilities that people want than PDF will? The only reason people want PDF is because they don't yet know that there is a better way.

Doesn't Microsoft think it would be a much bigger step towards satisfying customer's real needs by supporting an open format that is more robust than PDF?

Instead of trying to stick it to the competition all the time, why not listen to what your customers really want and then execute? It's pretty sad if your product doesn't have enough merit to stand up on its own without resorting to file format lock-in, don't you think?

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